Khris Davis knew he got both of his home runs right off the bat.
Milwaukee’s rookie left fielder continued his torrid stretch at the plate with a pair of two-run home runs Friday night, as each put the Brewers ahead in the late innings of their 6-4 win over Cincinnati.
“I did a little skip and touched ’em,” Davis said.
With the Brewers trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning, Davis hit a 2-2 fastball from Homer Bailey out to right-center field for a two-run home run. After the Reds tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the inning, Davis crushed an Alfredo Simon fastball for a two-run home run to dead center.
“Those were huge,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “He’s patient at the plate even though he swings hard and he’s real aggressive when he swings, but he’s watching the ball and swinging at the pitch he wants to swing at.
“He’s really playing great. He’s also doing a nice job on defense — ran down a ball today. He’s making me put him in there every day.”
By going 2-for-3 and driving in four runs Friday, Davis raised his batting average to .338 and now has eight home runs in just 74 at-bats.
“I’m just seeing it real good,” Davis said. “I’m just getting my foot down on time and seeing it real good. Once that happens, he has to let it go and it’s mine then.
“I’m not looking to hit a home run, but it just happens. I just put a good swing on it, really.”
The Brewer saw Davis’ raw power in spring training, but he’s showing a discipline at the plate that is encouraging. After making the team as the final bench player, Davis hit just .188 in 18 plate appearances before being sent down on May 1.
Since coming back up to the Brewers following Ryan Braun’s suspension on July 23, the 25-year-old is hitting .440 with eight home runs and 17 RBI.
“I don’t see any flaws in him right now offensively,” Roenicke said. “He’s really doing a nice job. He goes up there and battles. We have some other guys who swing hard, but it’s different with him. He sees the spin well and lays off that pitch — he’s going to chase one once and awhile, everybody does — but he’s consistently laying off the bad pitch. It gets him ahead in the count and when he gets the ball where he wants it, it’s fun to watch.”
Fellow rookie Scooter Gennett has been just as hot of late. Gennett had three more hits Friday to raise his batting average to .330. Starting at second base with Rickie Weeks out for the season with an injury, Gennett is hitting .460 with four home runs and eight RBI in his last 15 games.
“Like Khris said, (we’re) just not trying to do too much,” Gennett said. “We’re out here playing relaxed, and we know we should be here. Really, it’s just letting the game come to us and not do too much.”