Chicago Cubs superstar Javy Báez has a handful of sets of highlights on his resume, but his last game as a baserunner in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon could very well top this. listing.
At the top of the third inning with Willson Contreras on second base, Báez hit a routine ground ball to third base Erik González in what should have been a late inning play. However, the pitch forced Pirates first baseman Will Craig to leave base and he tried to score Báez, who decided to return to home plate.
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Instead of just stepping on the first to complete the round, Craig chased Báez and it got Contreras around the basics and he slipped home safely. Wide receiver Michael Pérez picked up Craig’s ball and threw it to the first to try to get Báez out, but he sailed on second baseman Adam Frazier, who was trying to cover the sack, and Báez reached second on the ‘mistake.
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Ian Happ hit a single moments later, scoring Báez to give the Cubs a three-point lead.
Kris Bryant added his 11th homerun and Patrick Wisdom hit his first homerun since 2018 to give the Cubs a 5-3 victory over the Pirates. Chicago has won eight of the nine games.
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Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks has improved to 5-4 this season. He allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Ryan Tepera worked 1 1/3 of an inning for his first stoppage in three years.
Pittsburgh loaded the goals in the eighth, but couldn’t tie and lost for the ninth time in 10 games. The Pirates are 6-20 since they scratched over .500 at 12-11 a month ago.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.