Davis pitched six scoreless innings on three days' rest in place of an ailing Ben Sheets, leading the Brewers over Los Angeles 4-1 Tuesday night.
Scott Podsednik led off the game with a home run, and Davis
(4-4) allowed only four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.The left-hander also escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third, helping end the Dodgers' three-game winning streak.
"I didn't really feel any different out there," Davis said,
who couldn't remember ever pitching on three days' rest before. "I
got in trouble in the second and third innings because I was trying
to rush and make the perfect pitch."
Bradley was ejected by plate umpire Terry Craft moments after stepping into the batter's box to lead off the sixth.
Bradley, who missed the previous two games because of a sore
left ankle, had to be restrained by manager Jim Tracy. He then
removed his batting gloves and left them near home plate with his
bat and helmet before putting up his hands in disgust and walking
to the dugout.
"Milton's a high-energy type guy with a short fuse, and he gets
frustrated," said Dave Roberts, who replaced Bradley in center. "He's going to be provoked in certain situations, but the bottom line is that he's got to understand that we need him on the field. Sometimes you've got to take the high road."
Once in the dugout, Bradley grabbed the ball bag from the top
step and hurled the contents onto the field before throwing one of
the balls to the warning track in left field. Tracy was then
ejected by second-base umpire and crew chief Joe West, who one
night earlier called a balk on Odalis Perez that led to a run.
"I feel very strongly that the player was provoked -- and I
don't appreciate that," Tracy said. "Everyone talks about Milton
and how he has a tendency to lose his temper. Well, I don't know
anyone who wouldn't lose his temper when provoked."
Play was held up for several more minutes while stadium
personnel cleaned up the debris that fans threw onto the field from
the left-field pavilion.
Davis, who wasn't allowed to throw any warmup pitches during the
delay and was ordered off the field by the umpires, had seen this
act before from Bradley when they were in opposite dugouts in 1998
in the Maryland Fall League.
"I was there when he poked the umpire in the face and they
kicked him out of the league, so it really didn't surprise me at
all," Davis said. "He's got somewhat of a bad rap. But off the
field, he seems to be a pretty good person."
Davis was moved up a day in the rotation because Sheets had a viral infection that caused inflammation in his inner ear. It prevented his scheduled rematch with Jeff Weaver, whom he outdueled for a 3-1 win Thursday at Milwaukee.
Weaver, who pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball
against the Brewers in Thursday's duel with Sheets, wasn't quite as sharp this time. The right-hander was charged with four runs -- three earned -- and
seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
A good portion of the crowd of 22,402 hadn't even found their
seats when Podsednik drove a 1-1 pitch into the right-field
pavilion for his sixth home run and third of his career leading off
Weaver (3-7) has allowed 13 first-inning runs in his 11 starts.
He has escaped the first unscathed only five times, and the Dodgers
are 1-5 when he doesn't. Last season with the Yankees, Weaver
surrendered 24 first-inning runs in 24 starts.
The cleanup hitters for both teams were hit by pitches in the
third inning. After Weaver plunked Jenkins on the right hip, Davis
nailed Green in the lower back before Craft warned both dugouts
that no more retaliation would be tolerated.
The Brewers promoted RHP Ben Hendrickson from Triple-A
Indianapolis to make his major league debut Wednesday in Davis'
scheduled slot. ... Dodgers batting leader Paul Lo Duca, who
entered averaging one strikeout for every 27.3 at-bats, was called
out by Craft on a checked swing in the third inning. Replays showed
that the ball hit Lo Duca on the right forearm. ... The Brewers
placed LHP Chris Capuano on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 27,
because of strained muscle in his arm.