June 2, 2013
ATLANTA - Erik Davis became the 90th former Stanford student-athlete to see action in a Major League Baseball game, making his debut with the Washington Nationals Sunday against Atlanta at Turner Field.
Davis stuffed the Atlanta offense for 1.2 innings and retired five straight with a pair of strikeouts. Davis got it done by throwing 20 pitches, 15 of which were strikes.
Davis entered in the sixth with Washington trailing, 6-3. With runners on second and third with one away, Davis got a pair of ground ball outs to exit the inning unscathed. In the seventh, two of Davis' outs came when he sent back MLB veterans Dan Uggla and Reed Johnson on strikes.
Washington dropped the series finale, 6-3.
Washington called up the right-handed pitcher Friday night from Triple-A Syracuse after it placed Bryce Harper on the disabled list.
Davis flew to Atlanta Saturday morning from Providence, where he was playing with Syracuse. In fact, Davis did not even have enough time to do his laundry before leaving for Atlanta, but was able to clean his clothes Sunday morning in the Nationals clubhouse at Turner field.
Davis had a 3.00 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 24.0 innings with seven saves for Syracuse. The Nationals acquired the 26-year-old Davis at the end of spring training in 2011
A native of Mountain View, Calif., Davis' parents, Tom and Gloria, were on hand at Turner Field for the debut.
Davis, who played at Stanford from 2005-08, was 15-7 with a 4.80 ERA in 78 appearances during his time on The Farm. Davis struck out 195 batters in 227.0 innings and held opposing batters to a .271 clip.
The 2013 season marks the 55th straight that Stanford has been represented in the Majors by at least one player. Seven former Cardinal players, including Washington's Drew Storen, were part of season-christening 40-man active rosters.