Toronto — In his return to the Orioles’ starting lineup Sunday after two games off, Chris Davis was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Orioles’ 13-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Davis is just 10-for-83 with 40 strikeouts and no homers over his past 23 games.
“Certainly the results weren’t as good as you’d hope,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Davis’ afternoon. “But Chris is going to keep working and hopefully he can find the answer.”
Davis sat the previous two games — both losses — after his season average dropped to .152. He struck out three times and stranded five base runners in the Orioles’ 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays in Thursday night’s series opener at Rogers Centre.
Showalter said third baseman Danny Valencia was out of the starting lineup with an illness that’s been going around the clubhouse during the team’s trip to New York and Toronto.
“Danny, we’ve got this whole sickness going around the whole club,” Showalter said. “Danny’s really under the weather and I thought it was remarkable getting through the game yesterday. I was real proud of him. He got sick yesterday and it’s gotten a little worse overnight.”
Valencia has been one of the only starters, along with center fielder Adam Jones, who has hit well on the trip, going 5-for-18 in five games.
Sisco throw-out ends streak
Orioles rookie catcher Chance Sisco threw out Kevin Pillar attempting to steal second base in the second inning of Saturday’s game, ending a stretch of 15 straight successful steal attempts against Sisco.
The play, which was the back end of a strikeout/throw-out double play after Kevin Gausman struck out Randal Grichuk, was instrumental in helping Gausman record a scoreless second inning after he allowed a leadoff double to Kendrys Morales.
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“It was a delayed steal, but it was an alert play by him and [second baseman] Jonathan Schoop,” Showalter said. “He’s still in the league leaders with it. In today’s world, there’s not a lot of guys throwing people out and there’s not a lot of stealing. Pitchers have been so good, guys have gotten good at holding runners in their times to the plate.”
Before that 15-steal stretch, Sisco had thrown out 50 percent of potential base stealers (9-for-18), and even after that drought, he is still ranked sixth in the American League with a 34 percent caught-stealing percentage (10-for-34)
“I’m sure he was going through a little spell there, a couple he could have thrown out,” Showalter said. “But I think it’s been OK.”
Rookie Austin Wynns has thrown out both potential base stealers against him in his two major league starts.
“You’ve got to keep in mind they are both rookie catchers and they’ve gotten a lot thrown at them,” Showalter said. “It’s a challenge for them and the club, and I know Chance especially, as far as calling the game and catching the ball and blocking it, he’s done a really good job. I’m happy with him. I want to keep their experience level in mind.”
Around the horn
The Orioles still plan to activate closer Zach Britton from the disabled list Monday. … Right-hander reliever Darren O’Day made his first appearance Sunday since returning from the disabled list, pitching a perfect eighth inning with two strikeouts. … Orioles starters went into Sunday with 226 runs of support this season, which is fewest in the AL and second fewest in the majors. … Schoop’s homer Sunday was the 12th of his career against Toronto, tied for his most against any opponent (Tampa Bay Rays). …. After his two-hit game Sunday, Trey Mancini is batting .319 in his career at Rogers Centre (15-for-47).