BALTIMORE -- A day after infielder Chris Davis' improbable performance as the Orioles' winning pitcher in a 9-6 win over the Red Sox that took 17 innings, the 25-year-old's first career outing on the mound -- which Davis joked was hopefully his last -- remained a hot topic in Baltimore on Monday afternoon.
Given the quick turnaround following Sunday's contest, which lasted more than six hours, Orioles manager Buck Showalter admitted he hadn't had much time to reflect on the bizarre victory, which marked the first time since 1968 that an American League position player recorded a win. But Showalter, a self-described media-guide junkie, did reiterate the importance knowing that Davis knew his way around a mound before telling the slugger to head out to the bullpen to warm up.
"They all think they can pitch until you get out there," Showalter said. "I was always the designated guy who had to pitch when the team was getting blown out in Triple-A with Johnny Oates. Until you remove that screen and see how close that batter is and how close that wall is, it's a whole different gig. Chris has some experience with it. The other guy was Nicky [Markakis]. I waited as long as I could before I had to break it to Chris. It's not something you want a guy thinking about for a long time. I just basically said, 'Get your glove, go down and warm up. You're in next inning, unless we score.'"
So Davis took the mound to face the bottom of Boston's order in the 16th inning, with catcher Matt Wieters greeting Davis for a quick mound meeting. Wieters' words of advice?
"Don't blow it out -- just throw strikes," Wieters said. "That was pretty much all I said to him. That's probably the easiest 89-91 [mph] I've ever seen. He came out and threw strikes and had a little movement on it. That was pretty impressive."