Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis And Jonathan Schoop Have A Moment
Saturday wasn’t a great day in Birdland, but Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis did provide a few fun highlights to end the night.
I almost made the decision to go to Saturday’s doubleheader between the Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins. I’m glad I didn’t. Instead, I traveled back home to spend the holiday weekend with my family down in Hampton Roads, Virginia and went to the Norfolk Tides doubleheader. It turned out to be a great decision.
Luckily, I made it home just in time to see the best moments of the night.
To close out what ended up being a 16-7 loss for the Orioles, Chris Davis climbed the mound and gave the fans exactly what we all wanted- Chris Davis, the pitcher.
Davis threw 22 pitches, produced one swinging strike, and maxed out at 85.9 mph. After working a nine-pitch at-bat, Jake Cave was only able to produce a groundout to shortstop Richie Martin for the first out. Thoughts of a regular role as a relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles first baseman instantly flooded my mind.
Then, the best moment of the night occurred.
In what was an emotional return to Camden Yards for Jonathan Schoop, the former Orioles’ second baseman took Chris Davis deep on the first pitch he saw. He hesitated for a second, admired his work, and shared a special moment with Chris Davis.
Schoop smiled and laughed. Davis smiled back and laughed. It was light-hearted. It was fun. It was a reminder that baseball is fun, even during dark times, such as a game in which the pitching staff gives up a combined eight home runs in one game.
Davis rebounded with authority after giving up a home run to his former teammate, earning a swinging strikeout of Ehira Adrianza to record the second out of the inning.
Davis finished the inning by giving up a double to Twins center fielder Byron Buxton and getting Mitch Garver to line out to Cedric Mullins to end a long day for Orioles pitchers.
The Orioles dropped both games of yesterday’s twin-bill, losing 6-5 in the matinee thanks to three home runs given up by Dan Straily. In game two, Alex Cobb lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up nine earned runs on 10 hits, including three home runs. Mike Wright and Branden Kline gave up two home runs each, and Schoop’s ninth-inning blast capped off an 11 home run day for the Minnesota Twins.
It wasn’t the most pleasant day in Birdland, however, the ninth inning moment between Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop was a fun moment. Now, let’s see more of Chris Davis pitching.