Saturday, June 23, 2012
Ike: I thought it was going to be caught
By Andrew Marchand
When Ike Davis hit his long drive in the first inning Friday night, he thought it had a chance to go out. But as he watched Nick Swisher drift back into the right field corner, Davis felt like he had made the last out of the inning instead of hitting a three-run homer.
"I thought he was going to catch it," Davis said.
Instead the ball went in and out of Swisher's glove and over the wall.
"I just couldn't jump high enough," Swisher said.
Davis rounded the bases, excited that his first ever at-bat against Andy Pettitte ended in a home run.
"It is a good feeling," Davis said.
For Davis, it is his fifth homer of the season with at least two men on (four three-run shots and a grand slam), tying him with Oakland's Brandon Inge for the major-league lead. Davis is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with three homers and 15 RBIs in his past 12 games.
• Jon Niese built on his seven inning, two-run no-decision against the Yankees a little less than two weeks ago. Niese found the ball to be a little slippery on this wet night. The only time he really had trouble during his 6 1/3 innings of work was when he shook off catcher Mike Nickeas in the sixth against Alex Rodriguez. Nickeas wanted a fastball in, and Niese opted for a cutter. A-Rod deposited the cutter over the center field wall. Still, besides that and Andruw Jones' solo homer, Niese gave up nothing else.
• Lucas Duda's single in the fifth inning means he has reached base in a career-high 22 straight games.
• Overall, the Mets' starting staff is 7-4 with a 2.40 ERA in the past 12 games.
• With his second-inning single, David Wright extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He is hitting .378 in that span. Wright also had an RBI double on the night.