It was another routine sight at Camden Yards on Sunday as first baseman Chris Davis watched another home run fly into the seats.
“He had pretty much been dominating us the whole game,” Davis said. “He threw me some good pitches to hit earlier in the game, and I wasn't able to get to them, and I just thought I'd be a little more aggressive that at-bat. And he threw a hanging changeup and I hit it out and we started rolling after that.”
It was Davis’ 20th homer of the year, making him the first player in all of baseball to reach that mark. It’s also the earliest he’s reached the mark in his career. Last year, Davis hit his 20th home run Aug. 19 and would finish with 33. When Davis hit 23 home runs in 2009 with Texas, his 20th came on Sept. 25.
Just more than one-third of the way through the season, Davis is on pace to hit 57 home runs, which would break Brady Anderson’s team record of 50 set in 1996. Anderson’s 20th homer came at Seattle in the 49th game of that season.
“I’m just going to try and continue to go out there and have good at-bats,” Davis said. “It’s obviously good to get off to a good start, but at the same time you’ve got to keep plugging day-in and day-out and the numbers will be there at the end of the season.”