Some more information on Chris Davis' walk-off HR

June 24, 2014|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

Chris Davis' game-winning home run Monday night against the Chicago White Sox was the second pinch-hit homer of his career and his first with the Orioles.

It was also his second pinch-hit, walk-off homer.

On May 14, 2009, Davis -- while with the Texas Rangers -- hit a two-run homer against Seattle Mariners closer Brandon Morrow to end a game in Arlington, 3-2.

That’s right. Both times in his career that Davis has hit a pinch-hit homer it has won the game.

As for the Orioles, according to their public relations department, the last time the Orioles had a game-winning, pinch-hit homer was Aug. 24, 1988 by Larry Sheets.

That one was also against the Mariners. Sheets pinch-hit for Rene Gonzales with the Orioles trailing, 3-2, and hit a two-run, two-out homer against Mike Schooler.

Brady Anderson, now the Orioles vice president of baseball operations, scored on Sheets’ homer. It was the first game of a doubleheader and helped the club improve to 43-82 that season (when they lost a franchise-record 107 games).

Davis’ homer Monday was the Orioles' fifth walk-off victory -- yeah I hate the phrase, too, but you know what it means -- this season and the second via a homer.

Catcher Matt Wieters had one May 1 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Camden Yards.

The Orioles have three pinch-hit homers this year: Davis, Steve Pearce and Delmon Young.

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