Mets First Baseman Ike Davis Drives in 2 Runs in Return to MLBEben Novy-Williams
Ike Davis, the New York Mets’ top draft pick in 2008, reached based four times and drove in two runs as he returned to Major League Baseball in a 12-5 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Davis rejoined the Mets last night after spending three weeks in the minor leagues trying to break out of a hitting slump. In the first of a three-game road series against the Brewers, he went 3-for-5 with two run-scoring singles and a walk.
Before batting fourth in the lineup, Davis told reporters he had made some adjustments to his swing.
“It’ll be noticed,” Davis said. “Obviously, it’s not like I’m standing on my head. It’s going to look remotely close, but there are just little things that we changed.”
The 26-year-old first baseman was demoted to the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas last month after hitting .161 with five home runs and 66 strikeouts through his first 55 games of the MLB season. In 21 games with the Las Vegas 51s, Davis hit .293 with seven home runs and 21 runs scored, striking out 18 times.
“I think what he just went through, he’s probably grown because of it,” manager Terry Collins said. “We know he’s a quality major league player.”
Davis has hit .239 over parts of four MLB seasons with the Mets. He played 156 games in 2012, hitting 32 home runs with 90 runs batted-in, both career highs.
At Miller Park in Milwaukee last night, Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove in a career-best five runs and Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run over five innings for the Mets.
Nieuwenhuis, who was recalled from Las Vegas on June 9, had two singles, a triple, a double and two walks.
Wheeler (2-1) gave up three runs on seven hits and walked three.
Brewers starter Johnny Hellweg (0-2) allowed seven runs and walked five in 3 2-3 innings.