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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Notebook: Rough night for Ike

By Matt Ehalt

Even in the field, things aren't going well for Ike Davis.

As he continues to struggle at the plate (he has one hit in his last 33 at-bats after an 0-for-3 performance Monday), Davis compounded that by being charged with obstruction in the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

With a runner on first and one out in the first, Cincinnati's Joey Votto hit a liner that bounced off the first bag and went to right field. Davis, who said he was looking for the ball, stood to the right of the bag with his back turned to the batter, and Votto pushed off him en route to second. The Reds' first baseman was thrown out at second, but he received the bag due to interference.

Davis contended that Votto didn't run hard to second and shouldn't have been awarded the bag. Votto went on to score one of Cincinnati's three runs in the inning, and Davis was charged with an error.

"I don't understand because he gave up running basically, he was out by 10-15 feet," Davis said. "It's a judgment call but the guy has to continue to try to make it second which I don't think he did."

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Ike Davis' slump continued Monday.
At the plate, Davis had another rough night. He missed on a chance to break out of his slump in a huge way in the first, but Brandon Phillips robbed him of a hit when the Mets had the bases loaded with two outs. Davis struck out in his next two at-bats, hearing boos from the crowd both times.

"Obviously confidence, it's tough when you continuously don't do well but that's the game of baseball. You got to keep trying," Davis said. "I can't give up. I'm never going to give up."

MARCUM OK: Shaun Marcum didn't beat himself up after Monday's loss made him the third starter in baseball to drop to 0-5.

"104 pitches, five mistakes, I'm OK with that," Marcum said.

Marcum had a rough first inning, giving up three runs on three hits, but pitched well after that, giving up just one homer over the final five frames. Marcum said his command improved after the first.

YOU'RE BOTH GONE: Manager Terry Collins and reliever LaTroy Hawkins were both ejected after the top of the seventh inning. Home plate umpire Tom Hallion ruled that Brandon Phillips had been hit by a pitch when the Mets believed the ball had either hit the bat or Phillips was in a swinging motion.

"I said if you didn't think it's a foul ball it's got to be some type of swing. His hands started forward on it," Collins said. "He asked for help and the umpire said no swing. The issue always with me is when those guys have that hand hanging off the end of the bat. It's amazing how many times they get hit, because they shake their hand, which hanging low on the bat it's going to hurt."

Hawkins didn't like that despite asking Hallion to check with first base umpire Ron Kulpa. Hallion didn't until prompted by Collins.

"Just talk to me like I'm a human being, that's all, plain and simple," Hawkins said.