Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ike laments two makeable fielding plays
By Adam Rubin
PITTSBURGH -- After initially being ruled an error, the official scorer changed to a hit the hard grounder from Travis Snider that shot by Ike Davis and into right field in the seventh inning.
Still, it was a play that Davis wanted to make. Snider ended up scoring the go-ahead run with two outs on Andrew McCutchen's single against Greg Burke and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to beat the Mets, 4-2, Saturday night at PNC Park.
"It had some pretty gnarly spin on it, but obviously I hope I make that the majority of the time," Davis said. "Today it just hit the top of my glove and bounced out. But probably nine out of 10 balls I catch that."
Davis had a second chance to erase Snider before he scored. After Starling Marte lined out to third base, David Wright fired a throw to Davis trying to double off a retreating Snider. Davis could not handle the low throw and Snider was safe.
"Honestly, it just caught in-between," Davis said. "It didn't hit the ground early enough, and I couldn't get out far enough to catch it. It just kind of sandwiched right in between the crack of my glove and the ground. It just seems like that happens a lot. It's been happening with me this year. Hopefully it will turn around."
At the plate, Davis finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He is hitting .200 since reentering the lineup July 5 after a return from Triple-A Las Vegas.
"I'm closer than I was, obviously. I'm putting the ball in play," Davis said. "I'm not striking out as much, even though I struck out twice yesterday. I'm not too far off. We've faced pretty good pitching the last two days. When I get into hitter's counts it's not like they're grooving me fastballs. So I've really got to bear down and keep trying to have good at-bats."