Major League Baseball’s longest hitting slump is finally over.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis snapped an 0-for-54 slump with a two-run single off Boston Red Sox’s Rick Porcello on Saturday. It was the longest drought every by a position player, breaking Eugenio Velez’s record of 46 earlier this week.
Davis hit a 1-0 pitch to shallow right, driving in Trey Mancini and Dwight Smith Jr.
It had been 210 days since Davis lost got a hit last Sept. 14. This season, he was 0-for-33 with 16 strikeouts before finally getting his first hit of the season.
Davis had been humble during the entire hitless streak and understood the boos he received at home games. But at Fenway Park, he received an ovation from fans and even showed his sense of humor when he asked for the ball that broke the streak.
Davis was once one of the MLB’s most-feared sluggers, having led the majors in home runs in both 2013 and 2015.
But last season, Davis batted only .168 and struggled mightily down the stretch. The slump seeped over into the 2019 season as he set the MLB record for futility at the plate for an everyday player.