Arthur W. Perdue Stadium was a little more crowded than usual on Wednesday night.
The sea of orange and black was attributed to Baltimore Oriole Chris Davis joining the Delmarva Shorebirds for the last game of his rehab assignment.
The Shorebirds lost the contest to the Lexington Legends, 9-2, bringing them to a 39-49 overall record. The team has lost five of its last six.
Batting second in the lineup, Davis was the team’s designated hitter in the contest, receiving a thundering applause as his name was announced throughout the stadium.
“Any time you get to go to a minor-league affiliate and play with guys you see at spring training, it’s always a cool feeling to come in here and be one of the guys,” Davis said.
“The fans were awesome, I would have liked to give them a little bit more to see, but I think keeping the big picture in mind, I accomplished what I was after as far as how I felt, how my body was able to rebound from at-bat to at-bat.”
But once Davis came up to the plate, the cheers quickly fell silent.
The two-time MLB home run leader went down swinging in his first at bat, after falling behind 0-2 in the count.
On his next trip to the plate, Davis connected on the second pitch but sent the ball straight to Lexington’s second baseman resulting in a double play.
And as David led off the bottom of the sixth, the former MLB All-Star once again couldn’t come up with a hit, hitting a grounder to second which resulted in the first out of the inning.
Davis had originally told Shorebirds officials he would bat three times before ending his night, but after going 0-for-3, the Orioles’ slugger went to the plate for one final shot at redemption.
He was unsuccessful.
Davis grounded to first to end his time on Delmarva. He finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
“No matter where you are, what level you’re at, it’s still the same game,” Davis said. “I enjoyed it, I wish I had given (fans) a little something more to watch, but I had a good time while I was down here.”
Davis had one prior rehab game before traveling to Delmarva. On Monday, July 10, Davis lined up with the Frederick Keys, going 1-for-4 with a run and two strikeouts.
The Orioles are expected to activate Davis before Friday’s home matchup with the defending champion Chicago Cubs. Davis said he plans to resume his duties at first base.
“Honestly, I felt really good physically for about a week and a half. The medical staff and training staff wanted to take it slow, and any time you’re dealing with an injury firsthand, you’re going to want to get back out there as soon as you feel even reasonably better,” Davis said. “I expect to be rolling on Friday, and hopefully start a winning streak and ride it into October.”