Chris Davis is now tied for the second-most Eutaw Street home runs
Aug. 22, 2013
Chris Davis tied Jim Gentile on the Orioles' single-season home run list Wednesday night with his 46th round tripper of the season. Davis (2013) and Gentile (1961) both rank third on that list, three homers behind Frank Robinson (49 HR in 1966) and four homers behind Brady Anderson (50 HR in 1996).
In tying Gentile, Davis nearly stood alone among all Camden Yards hitters as he wasn't too far from hitting the Warehouse. The near-miss will only add to the number of O's fans believing that Davis will be the first guy to do so in game action.
It would be more fitting if Davis were to hit the Warehouse with home run number 49, assuming it happens, given that he would then be tied with The Judge on the O's home run list. Robinson, of course, is the only man to hit a ball clear out of Memorial Stadium.
On to another list that's near and dear to my blogging heart: Eutaw Street home runs.
Davis's fifth-inning shot was the 74th Eutaw Street homer overall. He is now tied with Rafael Palmeiro for second-most Eutaw Street homers at five. Up next is Luke Scott, the overall leader with six.
Davis reached Eutaw Street three times in 2012 (April 28, June 30, and Aug. 24) and has done so twice so far this season (Aug. 2 and Aug. 21). He's the only batter to hit three Eutaw Street home runs in one season.
Palmeiro, the original King of Eutaw Street, is the only player to hit two Eutaw Street home runs in the same game (April 11, 1997).
Scott was the first batter to hit multiple Eutaw Street home runs in consecutive seasons (twice in 2008 and twice in 2009) and is still the only batter to hit multiple Eutaw Street home runs in three different seasons (add 2011 to the previous list). He also has the longest uninterrupted streak of consecutive Eutaw Street home runs with four between July 11, 2009 and Aug. 7, 2011.
There have been eight Eutaw Street home runs this season after a record nine last season. This is the busiest two-year stretch in stadium history, eclipsing the 14 hit in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. It is the sixth season, and third consecutive season, that batters have reached Eutaw Street more than four times - 1996 (seven), 1999 (five), 2008 (eight), 2011 (five) and 2012 (nine).
Here are the 2013 contributors to the Eutaw Street Home Run list.
-Andre Ethier, L.A. Dodgers, April 20
-Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals, May 29
-Hank Conger, Los Angeles Angels, June 12
-Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians, June 27
-Robbie Grossman, Houston Astros, July 31
-Chris Davis, Orioles, Aug. 2
-Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies, Aug. 16
-Chris Davis, Orioles, Aug. 21