Something very strange happened this afternoon, as Royals reliever Wade Davis gave up a solo home run to Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Context is obviously needed here and you’ll get it. Davis hadn’t allowed a home run since nearly two years ago on August 24, 2013. Appropriately enough, that was the last time he started a game. He came into Saturday’s outing having gone 125 2/3 innings over 123 relief appearances without giving up a home run.
Davis actually made a pretty nasty pitch, but Bautista managed to turn around on it for his second home run of the game. Watch below:
Bautista’s blast brought the Blue Jays within one run. They attempted to stage a rally against Royals closer Greg Holland in the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately fell short.
In a surprising move, the Blue Jays announced this morning that they have designated infielder-outfielder Danny Valencia for assignment. Ezequiel Carrera was also designated for assignment while infielder Munenori Kawasaki was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and right-hander Ryan Tepera was sent down.
Valencia has been very productive in a part-time role this season, batting .296/.331/.506 with seven home runs and 29 RBI over 58 games while mostly playing against left-handed pitching. However, he became the odd-man out after the Blue Jays picked up outfielder Ben Revere from the Phillies before yesterday’s trade deadline.
Valencia has experience in the infield and outfielder and owns an .864 OPS against southpaws in his career, so he should draw plenty of interest around the league.
Royals DH Kendrys Morales made a ridiculous slide to avoid being tagged by Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin on a play at the plate in the top of the first inning on Friday night.
With runners on second and third and two outs with the Royals already leading 1-0, Ben Zobrist sent a Drew Hutchison offering on the ground to right field. Eric Hosmer scored easily, but Jose Bautista came up firing to the plate. Martin received the toss and dove to his left to an attempt to tag out Morales, but he missed. Morales halted his momentum with a pop-up slide, stood upright, and touched the plate for the Royals’ third run of the night.
Not a bad way to support Johnny Cueto in his debut with the Royals.