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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Davis goes 0-for-3 in first game

By Todd Dewey

LAS VEGAS -- Ike Davis went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run in his first game for Triple-A Las Vegas in its 8-6 walk-off, comeback win over Tacoma on Tuesday night at Cashman Field.

Davis, who the Mets demoted to the 51s on Sunday, walked on a 3-2 count with two outs in the ninth to keep the game alive for Las Vegas (34-29). Wilmer Flores followed with an RBI single to make it 6-5 and Zach Lutz then launched a three-run, walk-off homer to left-center field.

Davis, who batted cleanup and played first base, was unavailable for comment after the game. He flew out to center field in the first inning, struck out looking in the third, walked in the fifth and struck out looking with two runners on in the seventh.

Las Vegas manager Wally Backman said 51s hitting coach George Greer -- in conjunction with Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens and New York’s minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson -- will work with Davis on removing the hitch from his swing, but that his main problem is mental.

“We’ve all talked about some things we’ll probably try to do, but I think really it’s to clear his mind right now. He can relax a little more here,” said Backman, who played nine seasons (1980-88) for the Mets, helping them win the 1986 World Series title. “I’ve played in New York and it’s not fun to get booed. They’ve been on him pretty hard in New York.”

Outfielder Mike Baxter and left-handed pitcher Robert Carson also made their Las Vegas debuts after getting optioned by the Mets on Sunday with Davis.

Baxter went 2-for-4 with a triple, walk and run and Carson blew a save opportunity. He walked Jason Jaramillo in the ninth and allowed a two-out single to Robert Andino before Abraham Almonte reached on a throwing error by shortstop Brandon Hicks to load the bases. Brad Miller then lined a two-strike pitch to the right-center field gap for a three-run double to give Pacific Coast League-leading Tacoma (39-27) a 6-4 lead.