CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson said so himself Wednesday -- when he homers, he does so in bunches.The White Sox designated hitter launched yet another home run Thursday to lead off the bottom of the fourth, taking Baltimore Orioles starter Chris Tillman deep for a Statcast-projected 404 feet to left field
CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson said so himself Wednesday -- when he homers, he does so in bunches.
The White Sox designated hitter launched yet another home run Thursday to lead off the bottom of the fourth, taking Baltimore Orioles starter Chris Tillman deep for a Statcast-projected 404 feet to left field to give his team a 1-0 lead. It was his fourth homer in as many days, making him the first White Sox player to accomplish the feat since Alex Rios did so from April 5-9, 2013. The White Sox held on to win the game, 5-2.
"It proves all the hard work you've done, that it can happen," Davidson said. "I came off a bad two weeks and now four good games in a row. I know there are ups and downs but like I said it is pretty fun doing that."
Davidson's Monday, Wednesday and Thursday homers were all solo shots, with his home run on Tuesday being his first career grand slam. Davidson extended his team lead in homers during this stretch, with his 14th on Thursday.
"He's been outstanding," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He's obviously been able to drive the ball out of the ballpark. He's been able to get to pitches he can handle. He's just been trying to stay in a particular zone and we're glad that he's been able to do what he can do."
Davidson's damage has been done exclusively during Chicago's four-game home series against Baltimore. He is the first player in White Sox history to homer in each game of a four-game series since Paul Konerko against the Mariners from July 26-29, 2010. If his streak continues Friday in Toronto, Davidson will become the seventh player (eighth time overall) in White Sox history to homer in five consecutive games. The last person to accomplish the feat was A.J. Pierzynski in 2012.
Davidson said he feels comfortable in the box, utilizing a revamped swing that he was primed to debut in 2016 before a broken right foot ended his season prematurely. The slugger has blossomed despite some rough stretches this season, hitting .259 with an .853 OPS.
"Just maturing as a player," Davidson said. "Understanding my swing a little better. We made some pretty drastic swing changes two years ago going into 16 and I had a lot of time to reflect on what to improve on going into last season."
Davidson and Renteria said Davidson's continued progression has also in part been due to the regular at-bats he's received compared to his previous big league stints. He's already more than doubled his career-high in plate appearances, and is seeing regular time between third base and serving as a designated hitter.
"I can't discount that the fact that putting him in there every single day and giving him the opportunity to have three or four at-bats a day, that that's not helping him," Renteria said. "It certainly is."
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.