Khris Davis has been congratulated 27 times after homers by A’s third base coach Ron Washington, and there are still two months left in the season.
A’s slugger Khris Davis has hit four homers in his last six games.
He’s hit eight homers since the All-Star break, one less than Major League-leader Mike Napoli of the Indians, who went deep Wednesday night for the ninth time since the break.
In the process, Davis has reached the 27-homer mark, matching his career-best long ball total of last year with still two months left in the season.
Before Wednesday’s 8-6 loss to the Angels in which he went 1-for-3 with a couple of walks, Davis talked about the personal significance of the accomplishment. Getting to 27 homers and beyond was one of the goals he’d set for himself at the beginning of the season.
Nothing seems to bother A’s starter A.J. Griffin when he’s on the mound, which makes him just the sort you’d like to have going for you in an emotional game.
And there was more emotion Monday than you would have in your standard April 22 game, given that it was in Fenway Park just a week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon that bruised a nation’s sense of itself.
“You just go out and pitch, do the same things you always do,’’ was the way Griffin put it going into the game.