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Ike Davis powers Mets to victory with pinch-hit walk-off grand slam

Apr 5, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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One day after being benched in favor of Lucas Duda at first base, Ike Davis came up huge with a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam this afternoon to lead the Mets to a 6-3 victory over the Reds at Citi Field in New York.

The walk-off blast was set up after J.J. Hoover entered the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead. He walked the first batter, Juan Lagares, and Anthony Recker followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt. Lagares was originally ruled out at second base, but the play was reviewed and reversed when it was ruled that Lagares’ foot reached the bag before the throw. Ruben Tejada attempted to move the runners over to second and third base with a bunt, but couldn’t get one down in fair play and eventually drew a walk. Davis came up for pitcher Carlos Torres and ripped a pitch over the right field fence to end it.

This was the team’s first game-ending grand slam when trailing since Kevin McReynolds in 1991. Jordany Valdespin had a walk-off grand slam in a tie game against the Dodgers last April.

While it looked like Duda would get a chance to run away with the first base job, Mets manager Terry Collins said after today’s game that Davis will get the start tomorrow. For what it’s worth, he said that was the plan even before today’s walk-off blast. It seems that the front office prefers Duda over Davis, but we’re no closer to an answer here than we were yesterday. Still, if the competition continues to result in wins, the Mets won’t complain.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Take that Baltimore!

    How could the Orioles not like Ike?

  2. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    He’s way better than Duda.

    • tuberippin - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      His potential outweighs that of Lucas Duda, but you need to be a consistent contributor if you want to be in the starting lineup of an MLB franchise. Davis has struggled with that knowledge.

  3. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    He’s way better than Duda.

  4. jimeejohnson - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Doo-dah day!

  5. President Charles Logan - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    lol , ok this loser got his one and only big hit for the next 3 months , the trade rumors will start swirling when he has his next 0-30 slump

  6. dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Davis actually did pretty well in the 2nd half last year. .286/.449/.505, 32:28 BB:K in 138 2nd half PA. He had an OPS of .505 and 25:73 BB:K in the 1st half.

    He’s worth taking a flyer on IMO. He’s still pretty young (turned 27 a few weeks ago).

  7. penguins87and71 - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Would look great in a Pirates uniform right now!

  8. paperlions - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    That was a majorly hanging curveball thrown by Hoover. Yes, Davis crushed it…but almost any major league player would crush that pitch.

    Let’s not get overly excited about it.

    • nymets4ever - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Hey loser, it still put 4 runs on the board and 1 win in the books. If what Ike Davis did is so easy, why don’t you try it, slugger? Yeah I thought so, now sit back down in that little swivel chair of yours and keep doing what you do best – minimizing athletes’ accomplishments from the comfort of the HardballTalk forums. lol

  9. musketmaniac - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    pirates don’t need him

  10. totallysirius - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    That was a great feat but enjoy it while you can Mets fans because everyone on the planet knows the Mets will finish sub-500 again this year.

  11. ch0psuey - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Are NY fans still throwing tantrums? Seems they like that sorta thing.

  12. bossytrottiergillies - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    The Mets have toyed with this guys head for two years. Trade him and give him a fresh start elsewhere. Leave it to the Mets to overvalue someone they themselves undervalue in public. Britton was spared not coming to the Mets. Oh, and Ike starts today. Way to stick to your newly appointed starter two days after announcement. Morons.

  13. cool10857 - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    The Mets management doesn’t know what to do with this team. I understand that Mets management is considering trading for Mark Sanchez to play first base for them.

  14. thepittsburghkid - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I agree the pirates don’t need him, but I would like to have him. I think he’s going to bounce back, but he’s not worth a Brandon Cumpton in my opinion.

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