Baltimore Oriole first baseman Chris Davis hit his third career grand slam in tonight’s game against the Rays. How was this one different from his others? He had to wait three minutes to celebrate it!
Davis hit a long opposite field fly ball down the left field line with the bases loaded off of Rays left hander (and former Oriole) Erik Bedard. Rays left fielder David DeJesus crashed into the wall, and the umpires initially ruled it a double. Further review showed that Davis’ fly ball actually hit the foul pole at the 315′ line in the left field corner of Tropicana Field.
The overturned call put the Orioles up 5-0. They would go on to win 7-5
The slam was Davis’ 12th home run of the season, and it raises his RBI total to 37.
This season has still been a bit of a disappointment for Davis, who had a breakout year last year when he hit 53 home runs and drove in 138.
The Rays got back-to-back home runs from Desmond Jennings and Sean Rodriguez to start their half of the third to cut the lead to 5-2. A two run double by James Loney in the bottom of the fifth cut the lead to 5-4.
Steve Pearce also joined in the party for the Orioles. He hit a two run home run in the top of the seventh to put the Orioles in front 7-4. They would end up needing those extra two runs after a sac fly in the eighth made it 7-5