In 1969, when the Mets wanted to celebrate for reaching the .500 mark so late in the season, Tom Seaver would have none of it. We’re better than that, he said; .500 is nothing to be thrilled about.
That’s kind of the way it is with Ike Davis. After a horrible first three months, he shows signs of emerging from his doldrums. In yesterday’s 17-1 mauling of the host Chicago Cubs, Davis was 3-5 with two doubles and his 10th home run of the year. He scored three runs and drove in four. The hits pushed him over the .200 mark, which I suppose is some sort of moral victory. After all, you can’t get to .300 at this point with out getting to .200 first. Over the last week, Davis batted .333 with all of his six hits going for extra bases.
Davis is still in a bit of hot water for being thrown out of the previous game for arguing about a pickoff play. Once again, it would appear an umpire blew a call. Davis faces a fine and possible suspension for touching the ump, incidental though it may have been.
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Just an aside: The Mets’ Daniel Murphy hot two home runs in yesterday’s game. Also hitting two dingers yesterday: David Murphy of the Texas Rangers. I wonder when the last time two players with the same surname (and first initial in their first name) hit multiple home runs on the same day? Elias Bureau, get on that, will you?
So overall, it was a pretty good day to be a JML. In addition to Davis’ performance:
Ian Kinsler homered for the second straight day, albeit not to lead off the game. His ninth of the year, a 430-foot bomb to center field, came in fourth. He also had a double, scored twice, and drove in two. Scott Feldman did not appear in the Rangers’ 13-9 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers.
Kevin Youkilis is making himself right at home with the Chicago White Sox. Batting third and playing first base, Youk was 3-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.
Ryan Kalish came on in the sixth inning as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning with the Boston Red Sox enjoying a 10-2 lead over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. He went 0-1. Final score; Boston 10, Toronto 4.
On the other end of the spectrum, Michael Schwimer entered the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh game with two and and two on in the fifth. He gave up two singles, accounting for two runs that were charged to the starting pitcher (which I’ve always maintained was a flaw in the statistics). Schwimer also gave up two hits in the sixth, so in 1.1 innings, he allowed four hits, no charged runs, and struck out three. The visiting Pirates beat the Phillies, 11-7.
Ryan Braun sat out the Milwaukee Brewers’ 8-4 win over the host Cinn. Reds, the result of being hit in the elbow by a Bronson Arroyo pitch in the first inning of Tuesday’s game. Braun is holding on to the third spot in NL outfielder voting for the All-Star Game (July 10, Kansas City) and recently told the media he wants to remain a Brewer for the rest of his career.
Craig Breslow did not pitch in the Ariz. Diamondbacks’ 6-4 loss to the host Atlanta Braves.
Jason Marquis appeared as a pinch runner in the San Diego Padres’ 1-0 loss to the host Houston Astros.