Davis pitched six scoreless innings on three days’ rest in place of an ailing Ben Sheets, leading the Brewers over Los Angeles 4-1 Tuesday night.
Scott Podsednik led off the game with a home run, and Davis (4-4) allowed just four hits with three strikeouts and two walks. The left-hander also escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third, helping end the Dodgers’ three-game winning streak.
“I didn’t really feel any different out there,” Davis said, who couldn’t remember ever pitching on three days’ rest before. “I got in trouble in the second and third innings because I was trying to rush and make the perfect pitch.
“The game wouldn’t even have been close—they would have wiped us out—if (coach) Rich Dauer didn’t have the guys playing where they were playing,” Davis said. “I don’t know how many times I swore at myself because I thought it was going to be a base hit, and then looked behind me and somebody knocked it down. It was amazing.”
Davis was moved up a day in the rotation because Sheets had a viral infection that caused inflammation in his inner ear. It prevented his scheduled rematch with Jeff Weaver, who he outdueled for a 3-1 win last Thursday at Milwaukee.
Bradley was ejected by home plate umpire Terry Craft moments after stepping into the batter’s box to lead off the sixth.
Bradley, who missed the previous two games because of a sore left ankle, had to be restrained by manager Jim Tracy. He then removed his batting gloves and left them near home plate with his bat and helmet before putting up his hands in disgust and walking to the dugout.
“Milton’s a high-energy type guy with a short fuse, and he gets frustrated,” said Dave Roberts, who replaced Bradley in center field. “He’s going to be provoked in certain situations, but the bottom line is that he’s got to understand that we need him on the field. Sometimes you’ve got to take the high road.”
Once in the dugout, Bradley grabbed the ball bag from the top step and hurled the contents onto the field before throwing one of the balls to the warning track in left field. Tracy was then ejected by second base umpire and crew chief Joe West, who one night earlier called a balk on Odalis Perez that led to a run.
“I feel very strongly that the player was provoked—and I don’t appreciate that,” Tracy said. “Everyone talks about Milton and how he has a tendency to lose his temper. Well, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t lose his temper when provoked.”
Davis, who wasn’t allowed to throw any warmup pitches during the delay and was ordered off the field by the umpires, had seen this act before from Bradley when they were in opposite dugouts in 1998 in the Maryland Fall League.
“I was there when he poked the umpire in the face and they kicked him out of the league, so it really didn’t surprise me at all,” Davis said. “He’s got somewhat of a bad rap. But off the field, he seems to be a pretty good person.”
Weaver, who pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball against the Brewers in that game, wasn’t quite as sharp this time. The right-hander was charged with four runs—three earned—and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.
A good portion of the crowd of 22,402 hadn’t even found their seats when Podsednik drove a 1-1 pitch into the right-field pavilion for his sixth home run and third of his career leading off a game.
Weaver (3-7) has allowed 13 first-inning runs in his 11 starts. He has escaped the first unscathed only five times, and the Dodgers are 1-5 when he doesn’t. Last season with the Yankees, Weaver surrendered 24 first-inning runs in 24 starts.
The cleanup hitters for both teams were hit by pitches in the third inning. After Weaver plunked Jenkins on the right hip, Davis nailed Green in the lower back before Craft warned both dugouts that no more retaliation would betolerated.
The Brewers promoted RHP Ben Hendrickson from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his major league debut Wednesday in Davis’ scheduled slot. … Dodgers batting leader Paul Lo Duca, who entered averaging one strikeout for every 27.3 at-bats, was called out by Craft on a checked swing in the third inning. Replays showed that the ball hit Lo Duca on the right forearm. … The Brewers placed LHP Chris Capuano on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 27, because ofstrained muscle in his arm.