By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
11:37 PM EDT, May 29, 2013
On a night when the Orioles gave away Chris Davis T-shirts with a Superman-esque O’s logo on the front, the team’s slugging first baseman continued put up unrivaled power numbers in Wednesday's 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals at Camden Yards.
Davis recorded his fourth career multihomer game and drove in three runs, including his majors-leading 19th homer of the season -- a two-run shot off Nats reliever Tyler Clippard on an 0-2 changeup that capped the Orioles' six-run seventh.
Davis didn’t hit his 19th homer last season until Aug. 18 on his way to a career-high 33.
But now Davis is setting a new standard. Not only does he lead the majors in homers, he also tops the big leagues in slugging percentage (.776) and OPS (1.214).
"You can’t predict stuff like this," Davis said of his torrid start. "I just go out there every day and try and have good at-bats. Make smart decisions and not swing at everything, but be a little patient. Not swing at everything. I think that’s been the biggest thing for me this year, is being more patient, and trying to swing at strikes. I know that sounds kind of silly, but that’s all I’ve done.”
Davis hit his 18th homer of the season in the fourth inning off Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, taking a full-count hanging slider over the wall in right-center.
He's batting .600 (18-for 30) over his past seven games. He is hitting .432 (32-for-74) over his past 19 games with nine doubles, nine walks, 10 homers, 20 runs scored and 20 RBIs in that span. He’s also homered in five of his past eight games, seven of his last 12 and nine of his past 19.
"He's just been consistent," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "And when people are consistent in the way they live their life, they have a chance to be consistent in baseball and sports, too. He's in a good place in a lot of ways."
Davis also recorded his fourth game with three of more RBIs this season, fourth-most in the majors behind Miguel Cabrera (8), Edwin Encarnacion (7) and Prince Fielder (6).
Before the game, Davis was honored for winning the American League Player of the Month award for April. He could make a run at back-to-back honors. He is hitting .370/.453/.804 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs in 25 games in May.
"All you had to do was be in the dugout before the game," Showalter said. "He wanted no part of going out there and accepting an award, but then he knew there was a nice donation made by our ownership to one of his charities that he believes a lot in, so he went out there. We're proud of him and he's getting back what he's putting into it. That's not always the case, but the baseball gods let you off, and Chris has had a lot of people thinking he couldn't do what he's doing."
Davis has also scored three runs Wednesday, his eighth straight game in which he’s scored a run. That places him just three games shy of Frank Robinson’s club record of 11, which was set from April 12-29, 1966.
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