Orioles slugger Chris Davis set a single-season club record Tuesday night with his 51st home run of the season, breaking Brady Anderson's mark set in 1996.
Following the Orioles' 3-2 win over Boston on Tuesday night, Davis reflected on the historic night, the importance of the victory and the wild-card race:
On hitting No. 51
I’m excited. I’ve said all along when you’re hitting home runs and your team’s not winning, it feels like it’s kind of for nothing. I was obviously glad to tie the game there and for us to hang in there and get a run off Koji, that’s something we’ve struggled to do in the past.
On Brady Anderson surprising him
Yeah, I just saw him. I didn’t know he was here. I just saw him in the clubhouse and he gave me a big hug and told me congratulations.
On whether he thought it was gone when he hit it
No. It’s funny. The last couple of balls I’ve hit to center here, I’ve hit them really high. I feel like every time I go up out there, [Shane] Victorino’s running underneath it. I didn’t know if it was gone when I hit it. I know I hit it hard, but I didn’t know it was going to be far enough.”
On winning despite committing three errors
We obviously didn’t play the best defense tonight, and that’s something we take a lot of pride in, but [Scott Feldman] did a great job of keeping them off the bases and really keep them from scoring. Our bullpen came in and did a good job. It was definitely a good win.
On hitting homer off Ryan Dempster after striking out in his first two at-bats
He was throwing quality pitches my first two at-bats. I went back and looked at them, and he was throwing good strikes, and sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat sometimes when a guy’s got good stuff, but I was able to look for one out over the plate. It actually wasn’t a bad pitch; it was down. I was just able to get the barrel on it.
On the Orioles’ place in the wild-card race
We’re just going out and playing for the next nine innings, trying to do everything we can to get the win. We know, obviously, what lies ahead of us and what we have to do and the biggest focus for us is on the next nine innings.
On whether getting the record talk out of the way is a relief
To be honest with you, I took a deep breath when I hit 50, just to be tied with [Anderson], and in the same conversation. I think the biggest thing for me is to go out there and have quality at-bats and do what I can to help the team win.
On taking the series opener against a hot Red Sox team
There’s no doubt about it. They’re playing good baseball right now and we knew we had our work cut out for us when we came in here. We still got two games left against these guys here and they come to our place. We’ve got a lot of baseball left. ... This time of year, you’ve just got to grind it out, go for the next nine innings. These games are important. Obviously, these will make or break us.