Chris Davis: Baltimore Orioles Slugger Smacks 3 Bombs, Sparks Scary Irony

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIAugust 24, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 24:  Chris Davis #19 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates with manager Buck Showalter  after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 24, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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On August 22, the Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre massacred Orioles pitching with three home runs in Texas’ 12-3 onslaught at Rangers’ Ballpark.

This occurred on the five-year anniversary of the Rangers' 30-3 stomp of Baltimore at Camden Yards (August 22, 2007).

Friday, Orioles slugger Chris Davis returned home to Camden Yards to thwack three moonshots of his own, as Baltimore defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4.  

In the process, Davis not only mitigated painful nightmares of Beltre's bombs, but also brought the irony of August 22 full circle.

The last Oriole to hit three home runs in a game was Nick Markakis. He achieved this feat on August 22, 2006. Markakis went 3-for-4 that night in the Orioles' 6-3 win.

Irony aside, Davis jacked his first homer of the night in the second inning off starter Carlos Villanueva. Davis’ game tying shot landed on Eutaw Street in right center field, before the old brick warehouse that once served the B&O Railroad.

This was Davis’ 21st home run of the season.

In the fourth inning, Davis again sent stitches screaming over the wall in right-center field, though this homer came up a just few feet short of his initial blast. Regardless, Davis' bomb gave Baltimore a 2-1 lead.  

Davis’ third home run of the night sailed majestically into the left-field seats to give the Orioles a nice lead.

Then, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Davis stepped to the plate for a chance to be the 17th MLB player to hit four home runs in a game (Josh Hamilton was the 16th).

But unfortunately for Baltimore’s excited home crowd, Davis struck out.

On the night, Davis went 3-for-4 with four RBI. On the season, he is batting .256 with 23 home runs and 64 RBI.  

Also impressive, resurgent left-hander Zach Britton tossed his second outstanding game in a row.

Fresh off a seven-inning gem outing versus the Detroit Tigers on August 18, Britton gave the Orioles 6.2 strong innings. In this game, Britton surrendered two earned runs on four hits. He dispatched six and walked two.

According to MASN, this is the first time in MLB history a team has been involved in back-to-back games where two players hit three home runs in a game (Beltre and Davis).

Jim Johnson picked up his 39th save for the Orioles 68th win of the season.

Interesting stat, last season Baltimore did not earn its 68th win until September 27. The Orioles finished the year the following day with a dismal final record of 69-93.

What a difference a year makes.

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