Days after amazing catch, Davis commits uncharacteristic flub
Brewers outfielder takes responsibility for ninth-inning error
MILWAUKEE -- Khris Davis' opening homestand featured a catch that might just stand as the Brewers' defensive play of the year, and the budding season's costliest error.
The left fielder dropped a line drive that was hit right at him in the ninth inning Sunday, then watched the Pirates score six unearned runs to transform a two-run Brewers deficit into a 10-2 loss at Miller Park. It capped a 1-5 homestand during which the Brewers were outscored by the Rockies and Pirates, 36-16.
Davis said he was distracted by Pirates pinch-runner Sean Rodriguez, who had broken from first base before Tony Watson hit the line drive to left. It clanked off Davis' glove.
"I think the runner was going and I kind of peeked up and was trying to get ahead of the play before it actually developed," Davis said. "That was a lack of concentration on my part. That inning's a big inning. It's all my fault."
The Pirates made it a big inning against Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg. Corey Hart, Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen hit RBI singles before Neil Walker made it a blowout with a three-run home run.
"No one felt worse than me on that," Davis said.
Four days earlier, in the Brewers' series finale against Colorado, Davis put himself on the other end of the defensive spectrum when he lunged into the out-of-town scoreboard to make a spectacular catch of a Carlos Gonzalez fly ball. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke still had that play in mind when he was asked about Davis' miscue Sunday.
"He's played great defense for us," Roenicke said. "I like the guys to be perfect, but it's not going to happen. He's doing a good job. He did a good job all last year for us. I don't remember him dropping a ball. I know it opened things up for [the Pirates], and Corey Hart cues one off the end and flips it over first base and then we'd get two strikes and couldn't finish people."