Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis scored another unfortunate historic record on Thursday night in a loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Davis, who has not had a hit in his last 53 at-bats, is now hitless in the last 61 appearances at the plate. It was 0-for-3 with a base on balls, a run scored and a strikeout against the A's.
CHRIS DAVIS, of Oriolls, of BALTIMORE, WHO SIGNED $ 161M OF THE DEAL, NOW SO MUCH IN THE LAST 49 AT-BATS
The new brand breaks the previously established record by Tony Bernazard, who ran out of hits in 57 appearances on the direct plate in 1984. The statistic was noted by Steve Melewski from MASN.
Despite the record in futility, Davis said he is encouraged by the fans who continue to show their love day after day.
"It was a bit unexpected, after Inaugural Day and most of the season last year, but it was amazing," he told ESPN. "I listen to people every night, encouraging me, encouraging me, to the boys and girls who feel closer to the field, to those who have a more constant attendance. I listen to the encouraging people who try to pick me up, and I've always appreciated it a lot. "
When Davis set the record with no hits on the plate, he was left out of a ball that was 105.1 mph to center field. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde commented on the coating after the game, according to MLB.com.
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"We expected the ball to pbad over Laureano's head, not enough," he said.