NEW YORK -- The game giveth and taketh away, though rarely in so quick a turn. So it was for Ike Davis on Tuesday night when he missed a grand slam by perhaps a foot, but made another heels-over-head catch at the dugout railing to underscore his growing reputation as a fearless and -- to some -- foolish fielder.
The Mets' rookie first baseman accepted his fate with a smile and added, "That's the way it goes," understanding that, had his fly ball in the eighth inning not been ruled foul, his catch in the ninth would have had less impact or might not have happened.
When Davis batted with the bases loaded in the eighth, the Mets already had scored six times in the inning to lead by two runs in what became an 8-6 victory against the Nationals. He hit a fly ball that appeared to pass over the right-field foul pole. But it was called foul by first-base umpire James Hoye. Neither Davis' incredulous reactions between first and second base nor the Mets' appeal changed the decision or the score.
"Once I saw [a replay], I guess it was foul," Davis said. "I couldn't really tell ... I might have shown too much emotion there."
After Davis flied out to end the eighth, Francisco Rodriguez had a save opportunity that would have been eliminated by a grand slam. And then, after giving K-Rod a chance for his fifth save, Davis gave him a 27th out. He leaned into the dugout and caught Ian Desmond's foul pop, flipping over the railing for the third time in his 23-day, 20-game -- 15 at Citi Field -- career.
Davis' teammates broke his fall rather than have him break an arm. What he does with regularity is quite dangerous. There's no such thing as a soft landing.
"It's not that far of a drop," Davis said. "I'd rather end the game than worry about getting a bruise."
But if the score had been 12-6, would he have attempted the catch?
Said Davis: "Why not?"
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.