After wandering around the early portion of the major league season searching for the stroke that produced 53 home runs in the 2013 season, Chris Davis found his ability to Crush on Tuesday night. Davis hit not one or two, but instead three home runs to pace the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Davis, who was stuck on the disabled list because of a strained oblique from April 26 to May 11, came in with three homers in his first three games.
The average length of Davis's homers, as tabulated by ESPN's Home Run tracker: 407 feet.
"It just sometimes clicks for you and today was one of those days.''
"Even in spring training, there were some at-bats where I would feel good and have good results, but I just didn't feel like I was right and then obviously with the injury, missing some time coming back, my timing was all screwed up.''
Doesn't seem to be that way anymore
TANAKA HUMAN IN LOSS TO CUBS: It hasn't really been that long since New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka got credited (or is it debited?) will an individual loss. Tanaka lost Game 6 of the Japan Series, the World Series for Nippon Professional Baseball, before coming back to earn the save in Game 7 for Rakuten in October. A total 42 appearances had come and gone in the regular season — here and Japan — since Tanaka took a loss, as he did Tuesday to the Chicago Cubs.
Tanaka had a streak of 34-0 going before the Cubs touched him for four earned runs in six innings in a 6-1 victory at rainy Wrigley Field.
[P]ostseason aside, he hadn't lost since the Seibu Lions beat the Rakuten Golden Eagles on Aug. 19, 2012. And yes, he was definitely proud of that streak.
''I think I was able to get the streak going because I had support from my teammates,'' Tanaka said through [a translator]. ''I'm a little bit disappointed because I think a lot of the fans were looking for me to keep on winning. Next time out, I'll try to get a win again and get it going again.''
Chicago's won-loss record is 16-27, the worst in the majors, but somehow they have outscored their opponents 172-170. So... the Cubs are better than they seem?
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The Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4, but actually did come perilously close to losing until Sergio Romo couldn't a 4-3 lead in the ninth. Another key at-bat in the rally was that of Carlos Gonzalez, who had a full count when he fought off a Romo Frisbee and singled to right to keeo the line moving for Arenado. His drive off the top of the left-field fence missed being a home run by two inches but gave the Rox their second straight walk-off victory, after Justin Morneau's game-ending homer against the Padres on Sunday. They pulled within two games of the Giants in the NL West race. (OK, it's May, it's not a race yet.)
WAINO AT HIS MOST BUENO:
St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright cannot pitch better. All he can do is get luckier. Wainwright tossed his first career one-hitter, coming a Paul Goldschmidt double away from being perfect against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-0 victory at Chase Field.
Wainwright retired the first 11 batters before Goldschmidt lined a double off the fence in center. Wainwright struck out nine and did not allow a walk. Wainwright has four two-hitters in his career, but no no-no's or perfectos. This was a superbo, however.
''I've had some times in my career where I felt like I had the stuff to do it,'' Wainwright said. ''And today I had the stuff to do it,'' Wainwright said.
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