IKE DAVIS DELIVERS IN A PINCH: The New York Mets don't have an every day spot in the lineup for first baseman Ike Davis and are currently pursuing several avenues for a potential trade, but manager Terry Collins was thrilled to have the 27-year-old on call with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
With nobody out and the Mets trailing the Cincinnati Reds 3-2, Davis delivered a dramatic pinch-hit, walkoff grand slam that sent Mets fans into a frenzy and the Reds into their fourth loss in five games.
''That was tremendous ending especially for Ike going through what he's going through,'' Collins said. ''To come in in a big situation and come through, that's great stuff.''
New York started Lucas Duda at first base again after his two home run game paced their offense in Friday's win. He wasn't as productive in Saturday's 6-3 win, going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. But Davis saved the day for him and the entire Mets offense with his slam off temporary Reds closer J.J. Hoover.
''That leadoff walk, didn't give myself any chance really,'' Hoover said.
Always a rough outing when you walk the leadoff batter and fail to record a single out. Cincinnati is expected to get Jonathan Broxton back early next week, and the closer's role will be his until Aroldis Chapman returns from his facial fractures suffered on Salvador Perez's line drive comebacker in spring training.
YANKEES REMAIN HOMERLESS: The New York Yankees are suffering a power outage early in the 2014 season. After being shut out 4-0 by R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon, the offense is now homerless through their first five games. It's a significant stretch when one considers it's only the fifth time since 2000 that New York has gone five games without a homer.
More troubling? The first stretch came in 2006. The other three were all in 2013. Not the carry over they were looking for with their offense, but not surprising in the wake of Robinson Cano's departure via free agency. The loss of Mark Teixeira won't help either. He was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday with a strained right hamstring.
BREAK UP THE MARLINS: The surprise team of week one (emphasis on one) is the Miami Marlins. Pay no mind to the fact they haven't faced an MLB titan in the early going — sorry Rockies and Padres fans — but with Saturday's 5-0 win over San Diego, the team improved to a NL best 5-1, along with the San Francisco Giants, who defeated the Dodgers 7-2. Jose Fernandez moved to 2-0 in the win after throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out eight.
BREWERS OUTLAST RED SOX IN 11 INNINGS: The Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox came out swinging Saturday night, combining for 11 runs on 13 hits and three home runs in the first three innings. But things would settle down from there, with the Red Sox only scoring a single run in the sixth to tie the game. It wasn't until the 11th inning that Milwaukee broke through with the game-winner. Khris Davis' fourth hit, a ground-rule double, set up Logan Schafer for the RBI double that gave Milwaukee the 7-6 victory. The Brewers will go for the sweep on Sunday.
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