Davis, who threw two scoreless innings to fuel the Orioles to their six-hour, 17-inning, sweep-clinching win over the
The Orioles bullpen was drained, and Davis provided the relief, striking out two Boston batters through the 16th and 17th innings in the Orioles' eventual 9-6 win.
“It was actually uplifting,” Orioles manager
In the afterglow, the discussion was about how comfortable Davis – who hadn't thrown a pitch since his junior college days in 2006 – appeared on the mound.
"Don't blow (your arm) out," Wieters said. "Just throw strikes. That was pretty much all I said to him."
Davis said he wasn't nervous coming into the game to pitch.
"If I was supposed to go out there and succeed and it was my livelihood and I was depending on my paycheck to do it, yeah probably," Davis said. "But it's was late in the game and I just wanted to throw strikes."
Davis struck out that first hitter, catcher
"That's probably the easiest 89-91 I've ever seen," Wieters said. "He came out and threw strikes and had a little movement on it. That was pretty impressive. He threw strikes. That's what we needed him to do."
By then, the Orioles were on the front step of the visiting dugout, loving that one of their position-player teammates was on the mound.
"I don't know how many hours it was, but I was starving around the 15th inning," said shortstop J.J. Hardy, who had a career-high five hits. "I got a bar in me, and then Chris Davis coming in and getting a win, it was vc a lot of fun."
"Every time he warms up, he's acting like he's pitching," Hardy said of Davis. "It was actually good. He had pretty good stuff."
Davis’ fastball dropped dramatically in his second inning of work – from 91-92 to 84 – and the Red Sox were getting good swings on Davis.
"I didn't even think about a ball coming back at me until Sweeney hit the ball back to me and then I was thinking, 'OK, I need to get the ball down or I'm going to get killed," Davis said.
Nearly every player had his part in the game. The offense rallied the team early with two homers from Hardy and a three-run shot from
Twenty of the team's 25-players logged game action -- catcher
"For sure, it was everyone," said Hardy. "I guess that's why there's 25."
And despite an 0-for-8 day at the plate, Davis found a way to contribute big.