Pitchers can’t stop Orioles slugger Chris Davis these days, but Athletics outfielder Billy Burns managed to keep him in check tonight. Check out this home run-robbing grab:
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Davis has now been robbed of a home run on four different occasions this season. That’s by far the most in the majors. Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (two) is the only other player to be robbed of more than one home run this season.
Despite Burns’ best efforts, the Athletics fell 4-2 and have now lost seven straight games.
Ike Davis pitched once earlier this year. It was back in April and he actually looked pretty darn good! His services were needed again yesterday, as the A’s were in the process of losing 18-2 to the Orioles. This time, however, the position player pitching came with a twist: the batter was a pitcher. A relief pitcher, no less. In an AL game:
Given the blowout the Orioles had willingly forfeited their DH so Jason Garcia hit for himself. Though, as you can see above, he didn’t really “hit.” Indeed, he was walked on four pitches. He was specifically instructed by manager Buck Showalter to not swing the bat. Not that he didn’t want to at least look like a pro:
“I thought Garcia presented himself well,” Showalter said. “He wasn’t supposed to swing there, but he put his batting gloves on for the photo op. Then I watch him on deck and he was pine tarring his bat. I said, ‘Why are you putting pine tar on?’ He goes, ‘Oh yeah.'”
“Got to look the part,” he said. “I wanted to swing, but …”
For Davis’ part, he got out of the inning with no one scoring. Even struck out a dude.
A’s right-hander Sonny Gray had to be scratched from his last turn in the starting rotation Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays because of back spasms. But all is well with the Oakland ace …
MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that Gray, who made it through a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday at Camden Yards, has been cleared to start Monday in the Athletics’ series finale versus the Orioles.
Felix Doubront will step back one day and face off against Clayton Kershaw in the A’s series opener against the Dodgers on Tuesday night in Oakland.
Gray, 25, owns an exceptional 2.06 ERA, 0.959 WHIP, and 136/40 K/BB ratio in 161 2/3 innings (23 starts) this season with the A’s.
He is headed toward some serious Cy Young Award consideration.