Sunday, May 15, 2011
Chris Davis showing maturity as a hitter
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chris Davis walked to home plate in the eighth inning and allowed his mind to flicker back to Saturday's second inning. Then, Davis came up with runners at second and third and one out and popped up to third baseman Alberto Callaspo.
On Sunday, Davis stood in with the bases loaded and no outs with the Rangers and Angels tied at four runs apiece.
"Wash told me right before I came up when I was standing on deck to just do what the situation asks you to do," Davis said. "He told me that yesterday. It’s frustrating when you’re given opportunities to do a job and you come up short."
Davis fell behind in the count 0-2 and then took a ball before pulling a slider to right field to score Adrian Beltre with what became the winning run. Last year, Davis was 0-for-29 with 21 strikeouts after the count got to 0-2. This year, he's turned that around. Sunday's hit put him at 6-for-12 with two RBIs.
"I feel like today was a great shot of redemption and I was able to get it done," Davis said. "That’s one of things we’re constantly talking about in this clubhouse is you can’t change what’s happened in the past. The only thing you can control is what’s right in front of you. We played great today, our pitching staff was huge for us and we’re glad to get the win."
Davis is now hitting .256 on the season and has hit safely in five of his last six starts to raise his average more than 100 points. Manager Ron Washington saw Davis hit some balls hard on Saturday and put him out there against a right-hander again. He could have gone with Mitch Moreland, but decided to keep Endy Chavez in the outfield and give Davis the start at first. It worked out.
Davis also had an opposite-field homer off Ervin Santana. Davis is doing a better job of going with the outside pitches and driving them. Davis has three home runs in 20 career at-bats off Santana.