JD Davis and Robinson Kano don’t have all the games to be productive.
The Targets were aggressive in replacing the two players, who were defensively late in the games and did so again in Tuesday’s 8-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
But everyone felt their presence on the plate.
Davis, who almost had his first home game this odd season on Monday night – but was the victim of a dubious call when his left-handed strike was misjudged – tried on the other side of the pitch on Tuesday with more success. His flying ball to the right field was thrown from the Sands pole for a two-seater homer.
“I took the ball and there̵
Davis’ one-time shot by Austin Brice at the top of the heel gave the Bears a 5-1 lead and was only part of a strong overall game in which he added solid play in defense at the bottom of the first.
With left-hander David Peterson making his MLB debut on the mound, Jose Peraza headed for the Red Sox with a linear drive that hit high above the Green Monster on the left. Davis played the ball perfectly, and Peraza made a brutal decision to try to stretch the shot in a double.
Davis – who worked for two days with crew instructor Tony DeFrancesco for two days taking the balls out of the Monster – got Peraza about 10 feet away, and Peraza didn’t even reach the bag.
Davis also helped ignite Metz’s first rally that night against the start of Boston’s Matt Hall. Davis started the top of the second with a single cross against the left. He turned around to score the Mets’ first Cano double RBI match in a second for the Mets.
Kano, who went 2-for-3, also walked and made a mistake. He had entered the game by skating 1 for 12.
Manager Luis Rojas said he was not worried about Kano.
Kano added after the match: “It was only four matches. I always start slowly. Today was one of the days he clicked and I hope we get out of there. ”
Kano and Davis are part of a puzzle that Rojas puts together in every game, as the rookie manager tries to combine the right lineup with the best defense configuration.
So far, he has Kano in second place, Jeff McNeil in third and Davis on the left. McNeill made his third mistake of the youth season on Tuesday, a mistake in throwing a single to Kevin Plavetsky in the fifth, which gave the Red Sox two-on-one with one out, but Peterson escaped the traffic jam with an unorthodox double play.
Davis was eliminated for Jake Marinik before the bottom of the seventh, and Kano was removed by Pinscher Andres Jimenez in the eighth after Kano’s second goal of the night.