The future is now for New York Mets first-base prospect Ike Davis. The Mets promoted Davis from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday afternoon, and he joined the team at Citi Field in time to bat sixth in its series opener against the Chicago Cubs.
Davis had quite the debut, too, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. He singled to right field in his first at-bat, off right-hander Randy Wells. In his final at-bat, after bailing at a pair of breaking pitches from left-hander Sean Marshall, Davis recovered to produce a run-scoring single up the middle. The latter hit came during a five-run seventh that lifted the Mets to a 6-1 victory.
Davis' inability to make a backhand scoop of a one-hop throw from shortstop Alex Cora did prolong the sixth inning, setting up Chicago's lone run. He nonetheless became the ninth Met with two or more hits in his major league debut. The last: Nick Evans at Colorado in 2008.
"It's been a long day and it's been a dream come true," Davis said after the game. "Now I just have to work hard and try to make it last longer."
Davis was scratched from the Buffalo lineup shortly before a 1:05 p.m. game versus Scranton-Wilkes Barre on Monday. Davis said he was called into Bisons manager Ken Oberkfell's office and told to report to New York.
"I think actually it's going to be better playing my first game [at Citi Field]," Davis told ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin by phone before the game. "Baptism by fire, or whatever that saying is. I think it's going to be a better experience since you play most of your games at home. You have to do it sometime; might as well get it over with."
Davis said he had never been to Citi Field, although he did go to Shea Stadium once when he was signed by the team. He spent plenty of time around Yankee Stadium as a young man -- Davis' father, Ron, pitched 11 seasons in the majors, including with the Yankees from 1978 to 1981.
"He was excited," Davis said of his father. "He said was going to throw a party at the house for some of my friends and his friends and family."
The Davis family plans to be in New York for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.
Davis, 23, had a seven-game hitting streak with Buffalo and was hitting .364 with two homers and four RBIs in 33 at-bats when he got the late word he was headed to the big leagues.
"I was in the [Buffalo] lineup," Davis told Rubin by phone. "I was doing my pregame work; I did everything. I hit BP, fielded some grounders, and then I went in and got ready for the game. Right before I was going to put my uniform on, [Oberkfell] called me into his office."
Earlier, Davis told the Buffalo News, "I've done all right."
"I've gotten a lot of hits and I've worked some counts and drawn a lot of walks and haven't struck out that much," he said. "But I haven't been driving the ball in the last five games and that's something that I'm looking forward to doing more often. I was hitting doubles and home runs the first four games. I haven't really hit one since. I'm making hard contact but I'd like to drive the ball more."
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin and Kieran Darcy is included in this report.