Chris Davis is averaging one hit in every three at-bats
Power has never been a question for Davis, who has hit towering home runs at every level, from high school to the big leagues. But I'm sure that few baseball insiders believed he would be batting .337 as the Orioles neared the midway point of the season. After all, his career high for batting average was .285 in 80 games as a rookie. Plus, Davis has been more selective; his 32 walks are five shy of his career high. The home runs get the headlines, and rightfully so, but Davis has become a much better hitter overall. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun /June 13, 2013)
TORONTO -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected from Friday night’s game against the Blue Jays in the second inning after a heated argument with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez.
On the play in question, Chris Davis swung at a down and in knuckleball from R.A. Dickey on a 1-2 count. The pitch got by catcher Josh Thole and Davis began running to first as if it was a dropped third strike.
But Hernandez called the play dead, ruling it a foul ball. Dickey and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons argued with Hernandez, who gathered the umpiring crew together and ultimately called Davis out.
That prompted Showalter to jump out of the Orioles dugout and launch into emphatic argument with Hernandez.
Replays showed that Davis never made contact with the pitch. But Showalter’s likely contention was how Hernandez could overrule his own initial call and credit a strikeout when he never gave Davis an opportunity to run the ball out. Once Hernandez raised his hands to rule the ball foul, it became dead.
That was Showalter’s first ejection of the season and the 25th of his career.
Bench coach John Russell took over managing duties for the rest of the game.
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