VIDEO: New Pirates first baseman Ike Davis connects for a broken-bat grand slam

10 Comments

After going 3-for-9 with a double, a walk, and three runs scored in his first two games after coming over from the Mets, Ike Davis did this against Reds right-hander Mike Leake this evening at PNC Park in Pittsburgh:

Yes, it’s a broken-bat grand slam. It’s actually his second grand slam of the young season, as he launched a game-winner against the Reds back on April 5. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Davis is the first player ever to hit grand slams for different teams in April. He now has three grand slams in his career.

Gio Gonzalez has a high ankle sprain, will be replaced on the NLCS roster

Getty Images
Leave a comment

It was understandable if you forgot about it given that it happened hours and hours before the end of the game, but Gio Gonzalez left in the second inning of Game 4 of the NLCS after coming down funny on his ankle while fielding a ball in play.

While Gonzalez attempted to stay in the game after that it was clear that he was not right, so the Brewers went to the bullpen. After the game, it was clear why he wasn’t right: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Gonzalez had a high ankle sprain and that it was likely he would be replaced on the roster with another pitcher.

This may actually benefit Milwaukee in the very short term given that Milwaukee used six relievers last night, so there will be a fresh arm on staff for Game 5 tonight. It does mean, however, that Gonzalez’ season is over, as a player replaced due to injury in one playoff series is required to sit out the next one. If the Brewers make it to the World Series, Gonzalez will not be available no matter how he is health, wise.

Counsell did not say which pitcher will replace Gonzalez on the roster. We’ll find out for sure later today. Among the possibilities are Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, Jordan Lyles and Matt Albers.