by John Viril—
In his last two starts, Wade Davis showed he has learned how to strike out batters during his year in the bullpen. Wednesday’s 7 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts against the red-hot Atlanta Braves is ample evidence of his development. Davis’s dominance was the key factor in breaking Atlanta’s major-league leading 10-game win streak in a 1-0 Kansas City victory.
The only time Davis was truly threatened came in the 7th inning. Reserve infielder Chris Johnson hit a bloop double that landed just fair inside the right-field foul line. 2B Chris Getz nearly tracked down the pop-fly for a catch. He quickly grabbed the fallen ball in foul territory and fired to home plate. He easily nailed Juan Francisco—who tried to score all the way from first.
Atlanta’s desperate attempt to tie up a 1-0 deficit showed just how dominant Davis was all day.
Wade Davis’ newfound strikeout ability was also on display in his last start against MInnesota. In the second inning, a struggling Davis ...