Chris Davis went deep again last night, giving him 31 homers through the Orioles’ first 83 games. Not only does that put Davis on pace for 61 homers this season, he has the most homers through 83 team games since 2001, when Barry Bonds had 39 and Luis Gonzalez had 35.
Here’s the all-time leaderboard from Baseball-Reference.com:
Barry Bonds 2001 39
Mark McGwire 1998 37
Babe Ruth 1921 35
Luis Gonzalez 2001 35
Jimmie Foxx 1932 34
Babe Ruth 1928 34
Reggie Jackson 1969 34
Roger Maris 1961 33
Ken Griffey Jr. 1998 33
Sammy Sosa 1998 33
Sammy Sosa 1999 32
Ken Griffey Jr. 1994 32
Babe Ruth 1930 32
CHRIS DAVIS 2013 31
Davis also finished last season on a power binge and in his last 89 games he’s hit .335 with 38 homers, 93 RBIs, and a .765 slugging percentage.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.