Davis savors game-winning home run in Orioles' final home game of 2019 - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Davis savors game-winning home run in Orioles’ final home game of 2019

Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon

BALTIMORE—Chris Davis trotted around the bases extra slowly. Home runs, which once came so easily for him, are few and far between, and they’re to be savored.

In the bottom of the seventh of a 1-1 tie Sunday, Davis hit Marco Gonzales’ pitch just into the right-field stands, propelling the Orioles to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners in the Orioles’ final home game of 2019.

Those game-winning home runs used to happen frequently for Davis, but this was just his 11th of the season, his first since August 28, and first at home since August 2.

“I immediately thought back to my last game here in 2015, when I didn’t know if it was going to be my last game as an Oriole,” Davis said.

“We had several guys on the team who were going to be free agents that had been here several years, and I hit a homer earlier in the game and in my last at-bat I homered.  And I remember right before I crossed home plate looking up into the stands thinking, ‘Is this the last time I’m going to hear this?’

“Today was kind of a similar thing. But I know it’s not the last time I’m going to hear it. It’s something that was long overdue, and I’ve said it over and over again, I appreciate all of our fans, the people who have supported me day in and day out. And it was cool to actually give them something to cheer for.”

In 2013 and 2015, Davis led the major leagues in home runs, but ever since he signed his seven-year, $161 million contract, his performance has gone south. It has been abysmal the past two seasons — 16 home runs and a .168 average in 2018, 11 homers and a .174 average this year.

“I wanted to soak it in,” Davis said of the fans’ reaction. “There have been a lot of really tough nights for me here, walking back to the dugout at-bat after at-bat. Just feeling like I let my teammates down, let the coaching staff down, let the fans down.”

Davis’ home run was the 200th hit by an Oriole this season.

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“I’ve put in a lot of work, especially later this season, than I have in the past, and it’s nice to see it start coming together. I felt good for the last few days. I obviously haven’t been playing, but I felt like I’ve had some good at-bats. It was just good to come through.”

Davis’ home run enabled starter John Means to even his record at 11-11, strengthening his bid to pick up Rookie of the Year votes. At home, Means was 8-5 with a 2.74 ERA.

He allowed a run on seven hits in seven innings.

The game didn’t start out promising for Means, who allowed a leadoff triple to Shed Long and a run-scoring single to J.P. Crawford in the first. Kyle Seager doubled with one out, but Means struck out Tom Murphy and got Austin Nola on a grounder to second to end the inning.

“I’m really trying to prove to myself that I can finish out the year strong and try to just get my best stuff towards the end,” Means said. “It’s a grind. This is the first time I’ve ever really pitched all the way through September, and it is a little different, but at the same time, it’s part of it.”

The Orioles tied it in the bottom of the first on Renato Nunez’s RBI double.

Richard Bleier retired the last six batters to earn his fourth save. The game was played in two hours, 11 minutes, the quickest of the season.

The Orioles are 51-105 with six games to play.

Trumbo’s final home game: Mark Trumbo was 0-for-2 with a walk as the designated hitter in what was expected to be his final home game with the Orioles.

Trumbo, who’s played four seasons with the Orioles, missed almost all of this year recovering from right knee surgery in September 2018.

The 33-year-old is batting .200 with three RBIs in 11 games, and his future is indefinite.

“He hasn’t told me that this is it,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “He hasn’t told me that he doesn’t think he can do this anymore. I think this, and I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but I think this September … he really wanted to play and be a part of our team.

“I think he really likes our team. He put a ton of really hard work in to be able to play the last month of the year, so that’s why I wanted him to play, because I saw what he was going through. But I also think he was seeing if this was going to work out, if he felt good enough to play next year. But he has not indicated to me that he’s retiring or he’s done playing.”

Hyde wanted to reward Trumbo for working hard on his rehab and for mentoring young players.

“I think you can take minor league at-bats, but it’s just not the same,” Hyde said. “That long of a layoff, it’s really, really difficult and think he’s had some good at-bats and think he ran way better than he did in spring training and way better than the videos that I saw when he was rehabbing the middle of the summer. So he [looks] like a guy who’s just coming back that can really hit. The timing might be a little bit off. For me, he just needs at-bats.” 

Mancini rests: Trey Mancini received his Most Valuable Oriole award before the game, and got a day off.

Mancini is nursing a bruised leg that occurred on Wednesday night when Toronto’s Justin Shaffer hit him with a pitch.

“His leg’s pretty beat up,” Hyde said “I talked to him last night and I said, ‘I think it’s a good idea if we give you a day today.’ He was good with that. And then this morning it’s even a little more sore, so made the right decision on giving him a break today.”

Setting the rotation: The Orioles begin their final road trip of the season on Monday. They’ll play three games in Toronto and three in Boston.

Chandler Shepherd, Dylan Bundy and Gabriel Ynoa will pitch for the Orioles against the Blue Jays. Clay Buchholz, Anthony Kay and Jacob Waguespack will start for Toronto.

Follow Rich Dubroff on Twitter @RichDubroffMLB

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    September 22, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Ynoa, c’mon man…go O’s…

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    September 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Geeeze Louise … I’m sorry I missed it. It’s football season.

  3. Bhoffman1

    September 22, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Boy I have to say for a guy with a 170 or so BA two years in a row which has never been done before in MLB history he has a positive outlook. How many times have we heard I’ve been working hard and things are starting to come together. See you next spring crash or is it crush.

  4. Birdman

    September 22, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Kudos to Davis on his HR today, but he still seems in denial with the comment “its nice to see it start coming together.” Coming together? In his last 55 ABs, he has 10 hits, and 30 strikeouts.

    • ClayDal

      September 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      I am pretty confident that there are no issues with his paycheck being direct deposited into his financial institution.

  5. Ekim

    September 22, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    The best part of the end of the O’s season… the end of the O’s season. Just saying…

  6. OriolesNumber1Fan

    September 22, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Boogster missed CD homer cause it’s football season? What kind of fan are you? You want O’s to win every remaining games regardless of draft position and your not even watching? That’s for losers for sure! But anyways CD should do the Orioles a huge favor and RETIRE!!! Gives Mancini his position back for next year with the possibility of giving Mountcastle the position after the trading deadline next year. I hate to see him at 22 – 23 yrs old only be a DH!!!

    • Bhoffman1

      September 22, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      If CD was a mensch he would retire but he is mister denial and every time he gets a hit which is not often, he says he feels good and things are turning around. Fans clap when he should be booed off the field like he would be in any city that is use to and demands a winner but in charm city he gets away with it. He takes away Mancini position , possibly keeps Mountcastle in Norfolk yet last month said he was having a good time this season.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      September 23, 2019 at 7:49 am

      Yo Numero Uno, have I hurt your feelings or something? So much so that you’re now calling me a loser?

      That’s right … I don’t watch ‘every’ game … never said I did. But then again, I’ve never claimed to be the OriolesNumber1Fan either have I? And yes, I do root for them to win every game. Seems like a fanly type of thing to do .. does it not?

      Which once again prompts me to ask you, just exactly what are the dynamics, and how does actively rooting for them to lose affect your game day experience? For instance .. did you Boo when CD hit his homer? Does every blown save make you giddy? Being that you’re the O’s Number one fan and all .. I just can’t understand it?
      Oh .. and by the way … you don’t know me well enough to call me “Boogster”. It’s Mr. Robinson Robinson to you.

      • CalsPals

        September 23, 2019 at 8:56 am

        You’re the man Boog…go O’s…

      • ButchBird59

        September 23, 2019 at 11:07 am

        “First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.”
        ― Steve Martin

        Boog, nobody understands gallows humor anymore. 🙂

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        September 23, 2019 at 6:42 pm

        No Booster, I don’t root for the Orioles to lose but when they do which has been very often the last 2 years, unlike you, I see the silver lining in our draft position which is HUGE TO THE REBUILD WHICH WE ARE CURRENTLY IN!!! Like I stated to you before I CAN PUT MY OWN SELFAGE WANTS FOR THE ORIOLES ASIDE FOR WHAT’S BEST FOR THE TEAM AND ACCEPT THE REBUILD FOR WHAT IT IS!!! SOMETHING THAT WILL BUILD A CONTENDER FOR THE BIG PICTURE AND FOR THE FUTURE!!! Something you just apparently don’t understand or comprehend!!!

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          September 23, 2019 at 7:14 pm

          Are you crying?

          • OriolesNumber1Fan

            September 27, 2019 at 7:18 pm

            I said my piece, LOUD AND CLEAR!!! Any crying and bitching about the Orioles is done by you and your boyfriend Calnopal!

  7. willmiranda

    September 23, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Kudos to Davis and thanks for the win. People get their shorts in a knot when Chris says things are coming together
    nicely, but don’t have a word when Elias and Hyde say the same thing. As for Davis’ staying with the team, he has a contract. We live in such amoral times that no one expects people to actually fulfill obligations and if you want to just walk away from them for somebody’s convenience, no problem. Both Davis and the Orioles have obligations.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      September 23, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      Dang … well said regarding Davis.

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