Ned Yost could not help himself.
“I was hoping he’d make it to Aug. 1,” he said with a grin.
Wade Davis didn’t even know.
“Somebody told me in the training room when I got in,” he said. “Not before that. I figured I had already given up a couple of those.”
He was wrong.
No, Davis did not yield an extra-base hit in 2014 until the eighth inning of Thursday’s Royals victory over the Twins. It was an astounding stretch of time: 43 appearances, 45 1/3 innings, 179 batters faced.
The 180th hitter of the season bested him. It was All Star catcher Kurt Suzuki. Davis stuffed an 0-1 curve at the knees, but Suzuki still dumped the pitch down the left-field line. Davis recovered, as he has so often this season, to strike out a pair of batters and maintain the Royals’ lead.
Davis was more surprised than impressed with his string of success.
“That’s what you’re trying to do, induce weak contact and swing-and-misses,” Davis said. “So I’ve done a pretty good job of that, for the most part.”
Yost attempted to place the feat in perspective.
“That was phenomenal, what he did there, to get almost to Aug. 1 without giving up an extra-base hit,” Yost said.
FROM THE STAR
At the trade deadline, the Royals stood pat, while the Tigers added the premier asset on the market. The Royals felt they had the prospects to acquire a player like David Price. What they didn’t have was the money.
Sam Mellinger wrote a column on the trade deadline, how the Royals couldn’t win, and how Detroit’s acquisition made them a loser.
Here is everything general manager Dayton Moore had to say after the deadline passed without a move.
Eric Hosmer suffered a stress fracture in his right hand. He will miss three to six weeks.
The good news: The Royals did actually win Thursday, and Kathleen Gier has the details. A four-inning rally in the seventh allowed them to down the Twins, and finish off a 5-2 home stand.
THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)
HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC
“Do You” by Spoon.