MINNEAPOLIS -- A broken foot cost Matt Davidson an opportunity to impress after just one game with the White Sox last year. This time around, he's doing everything he can to make the most of his chance.Davidson hit a tie-breaking home run leading off the seventh inning and the White
MINNEAPOLIS -- A broken foot cost Matt Davidson an opportunity to impress after just one game with the White Sox last year. This time around, he's doing everything he can to make the most of his chance.
Davidson hit a tie-breaking home run leading off the seventh inning and the White Sox held on for a 2-1 victory over the Twins on Friday night at Target Field.
Filling in again for an ailing Todd Frazier at third base, Davidson smashed his team-leading third home run of the season off a 2-2 pitch from Twins reliever Thomas Pressly. The ball caromed off the scoreboard just below the upper deck in right-center field, a projected 404 feet away from home plate. It got there in a hurry, too, leaving his bat at a game-high 105.3 mph, per Statcast™.
Davidson had fallen behind 0-2 before battling back to even the count by taking a four-seam fastball high and a curve in the dirt. Pressly followed with a slider on the outside corner, and thanks in part to a change in his two-strike approach, he put good wood on it.
"Recently with the strikeouts I've had, I've been trying to protect everything rather than trying to make my zone smaller, to make myself only swing at strikes instead of trying to get bigger and protect," Davidson said.
"That's all I was trying to do, just trying to shorten my zone. If [Pressly] made a really good pitch, I was going to let him have it, like if it was on the corner or something. But I was just trying to make my zone smaller so I wouldn't chase."
It was the second straight game with a home run for Davidson, who was a centerpiece of the trade that sent former closer Addison Reed to the D-backs following the 2013 season. After struggling for two years in Triple-A, Davidson finally worked his way up to the Major Leagues late last June, but after only two at-bats, he broke his foot and was done for the year.
This year he broke camp with the big club for the first time in his career, and he's holding up his end of the bargain. Frazier missed two games with flu-like symptoms and served as the DH on Friday, giving Davidson three straight games at third base. The White Sox won all three and he's had four hits and six RBIs in the process.
"I'm just enjoying every single day," Davidson said. "It definitely helps when you get a little rhythm going. I'm just preparing the same way if I'm not playing, if I'm DHing, or if I'm playing third. I'm just going to do the same thing every day and enjoy it."
Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis.