Khris Davis has let his bat do the talking all season long. First he used a barrage of home runs in spring training to force the Milwaukee Brewers to keep him on their opening-day roster. Now he's using a monthlong hot streak offensively that's included a steady diet of power to claim the starting spot in left field. Davis hit a pair of two-run home runs Friday night including a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning to propel the Brewers to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. They were Davis' seventh and eighth homers in 74 major-league at-bats meaning he's going deep every 9.3 at-bats. He's also leading the Brewers in hitting at .338 slugging at .730 and getting on base at a .412 clip. "He's making me put him in there every day" manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don't see any flaws in him right now offensively. I mean he's really doing a good job. He goes up there and battles. We've got some other guys that swing hard but it's different with him because he sees the spin well. He's going to chase one once in a while — everybody does — but consistently he's laying off the bad pitch which is getting him ahead in the count. "And when he gets that ball where he wants it it's fun to watch." One month ago Davis hit his first major-league homer at Miller Park. He had just rejoined the Brewers for the third time this season from Class AAA Nashville but under much different circumstances in the wake of Ryan Braun's season-ending suspension. At that time Davis was one of three players fighting to replace Braun in left along with Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl. Gindl swung a hot bat initially to earn the bulk of the playing time but cooled about the same time Davis was heating up. Gindl was eventually sent back down to Nashville when the Brewers reinstated Aramis Ramirez from the disabled list and the job has been Davis' ever since. He's hitting .386 (22 for 57) in 23 games since rejoining the Brewers. Davis' 2-for-3 night extended his hitting streak to nine games during which he's gone 14 for 30 with five homers nine runs batted in and nine runs scored. The consistent playing time has been a huge help for Davis who struggled initially this season as a pinch-hitter. "Confidence is a feeling but I also get my confidence from getting prepared in BP and day to day just working on what I need to work on" Davis said. "Have a plan to be successful." Milwaukee was trailing 2-1 in the sixth when Davis hit his first homer. With Ramirez on third base Davis crushed a 96 mph fastball from Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey 428 feet out to right-center to put the Brewers back in front 3-2.
Khris Davis powers Brewers past Reds with two 2-run homers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Aug 24