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Longview’s Chris Davis Throws Two Scoreless Innings in 17-Inning Win for Baltimore Orioles

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Yesterday an event took place that rarely happens, but when it does, it’s pretty cool to watch. It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer tests drives a car and proceeds to drive the car until the gas light comes on.

With the car salesman in the passenger seat, they decide to see just how far they can make it before they run completely out of gas. That episode is much like yesterday’s 17-inning Red Sox-Orioles game where the most unlikely of players, Longview’s own Chris Davis, was the winning pitcher!

The game went into extra innings and the Baltimore Orioles went through all their available pitchers. So, who do they call on? First baseman Chris Davis! Davis hadn’t pitched since his days at Navarro Junior College, six years ago! He came in and pitched 90 mph fastballs and 83 mph splitters! He ended up pitching two scoreless innings and ended up being the winning pitcher after a 9-6 win at Fenway Park.

With the win, he became the first AL position player to win a game since 1968.

It was a great moment of redemption for Davis, who had a terrible game at the plate during the game. He struck out five times and was 0-for-8 at the plate on the day. Davis said after the game:

I was like, `Sweet! I get to try something different today — because hitting ain’t working.’”

The Red Sox also had to resort to using a position player — outfielder Darnell McDonald. It was the first major league game since 1925 where both teams had to use a position player to pitch.

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