Chris Davis was the star of Sunday's game against the Blue Jays. He went 2 for 4 and hit his record-tying 37th homer in the 7-4 Orioles win. The homer tied Reggie Jackson's record set in 1969 of the most homers hit before the All-Star break.
Although Davis also had 93 RBIs and a .351 batting average in the first half of the season, the home runs are all that anyone wants to focus on.
"I think it's something to be proud of," Davis admitted. "It means I'm doing my job."
It is apparent by the stellar number of RBIs and the rest of his stat line that Davis isn't just a home run hitter. He can use the entire field and hit the ball anywhere. He just happens to have enough power to get the ball over the fence when he needed to. The Blue Jay's general manager John Gibbons called Davis "superman".
But Davis would have to share the spotlight in the afternoon game. Adam Jones hit a solo home run and had an RBI single. He also scored three runs. Davis and Jones combined to hit in six of Baltimore's seven runs (scoring five of them). The duo led the Orioles to its 53rd win of the season, carrying them into the All-Star break with a 53-43 record.
"It was a 'W' for Baltimore, and that's what it's about," general manager Buck Showalter commented. "And now we've got a chance to roll the dice with 66 games [left] and let's see if we can play in October. That's what it's all about."
Scott Feldman (1-1), the right handed pitcher, got his first win as an Oriole. Feldman gave up three runs on five hits, lasting 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters and allowed just one walk.
The Orioles started off the game hot, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding two more in the third. The final run came in the fifth inning thank to a Jones solo home run to right center field.
The Orioles are finished with the first half of the season and will not play again until July 26th when they begin their three game series against the AL East leader Boston Red Sox. You can see Davis in the Home Run Derby tomorrow, Monday, July 15th, on ESPN at 8PM. And to see the Orioles' five all-stars (Davis, Hardy, Jones, Machado, Tillman) take the field at the All-Star game, tune into FOX on Tuesday, July 16th at 8PM.