Ike has déjà vu, successful return to Denver

The last time Ike Davis departed Denver, he was flying to New York to get an ankle injury checked out, which turned out to be a season-ender.

This time, he left having delivered the game-deciding RBI single in the 11th inning of Sunday’s rubber game, and having lifted his average 37 points, to .169, during the series. The success came despite some of his hardest-hit shots being caught by the Rockies.

“It was kind of full circle, you know, coming back here and being able to finish out a series,” said Davis, who went 3-for-6 Sunday. “It’s kind of nice that I actually did well here. It was definitely cool.”

Davis did have a déjà vu moment. In the bottom of the 10th, Davis recorded the final out by snaring a sky-high popup off the bat of Ramon Hernandez.

David Wright, who had collided with Davis last May 10, causing the season-ending injury to Davis, stayed far away.

Davis confessed he was thinking about last year’s incident during that play.

“That last one, panic mode in the head,” he said. “Oh my gosh. That was one of the highest fly balls I think I’ve ever caught. Your thought process, you’re like, ‘Oh, here we go again.’”

Regarding Wright’s proximity, Davis added: “I don’t think he was close. And I heard, ‘Ike, Ike,’ which last year I didn’t hear. So that was comforting.”

As for the game-deciding hit against Matt Belisle, Davis said the late-afternoon shadows in Denver made it hard to pick up the baseball. Belisle blew a first-pitch fastball by him. But then Davis went opposite field, sending a grounder through the left side of the infield to score Wright with the deciding run.

“It’s going to be a slow process,” Davis said. “You’re not going to wake up tomorrow and I’m going to be hitting .300. It’s going to take every game grinding it out. And hopefully in a couple of weeks my average will be back to normal.”