Drink up, Baltimore. Your long regional nightmare is over.
Chris Davis got a hit. And, of course, it came against the Red Sox.
Davis, mired in a record 0-for-54 slump - the longest such hitless streak since 2011 and longest ever for a position player - lined a 1-and-0 fastball from Rick Porcello (he of the nearly equally ignominious 13.50 ERA coming into the game) for a single to right field in the first inning that not only gave him his first hit since Sept. 14, 2018, it drove in two runs and staked the Orioles to a 2-0 lead at Fenway. He had been 0-for-33 to start 2019.
The O's dugout celebrated and Davis, who slumped to a woeful .168 batting average last season after signing a seven-year, $161 million contract, tipped his cap and asked for the ball after rounding first.
So, Crabtown bars beware.
UPDATE: Chris Davis pinch hit last night vs the #RedSox ... and is now 0-for-54. He’s in the starting lineup today in Boston. If he gets a hit, #MLB fans in B-more will be rewarded with free drinks at several local bars. They deserve it. #Orioles #Birdland https://t.co/0s7LQPtRQF— Matt Marrone (@thebigm) April 13, 2019
The previous longest 0-fers were 0-for-45s by infielders Craig Counsell, now the Milwaukee Brewers manager, with the Brew Crew in 2011, and infielder Dave Campbell with the Padres, Cardinals and Astros in 1973.
Davis added an RBI double in the fifth off reliever Heath Hembree to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead.
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