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Ex-Falcon sets MLB mark

Some records, you're proud of - others, well, you wish everyone would just forget about.

Former Kelowna Falcon Chris Davis broke an obscure record Monday that would definitely fall in the latter category.

Davis, who spent one season with the West Coast League Falcons (2005) before embarking on his professional career in the Texas Rangers organization, has failed to register a hit in his last 49 straight official at bats, after going 0-5 Monday evening against the Oakland A's.

The dubious distinction breaks the previous mark of 46 established by Eugenio Velez in 2011.

Davis' record spans the past two seasons. He is 0-29 over nine games to start this season, after ending the 2018 campaign 0-20.

His last hit was a double on Sept. 14, 2018.

Davis is also one shy of the record for most consecutive plate appearances without a hit. That mark of 57 straight plate appearances without a knock was set by Tony Bernazard in 1974.

Davis twice led Major League Baseball in home runs, belting 53 and 47 in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

He signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the O's prior to the start of the 2016 season.

Meanwhile the Falcons 19th season opens on the road in Bellingham on June 4th before their free home opener on June 7th against the newest WCL team the Ridgefield Raptors at Elks Stadium.

 



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