Baez hits four homers
Javier Baez had a career night on Monday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark hitting four homers while driving in seven runs. Baez's first homer, a two-run shot, just cleared the wall in right center. There was no doubt about the second blast as the solo shot landed in the parking lot past the centerfield wall. The right-handed slugger hit a three-run bomb to left in the fifth and then put his name in the record books with a long towering solo blast down the left field line in the eighth.
He is just the second player to accomplish the feat in Florida State League history as former Cubs prospect Ryan Harvey hit four homers back in 2006 against Clearwater. Baez finished the game with 7 RBI. Baez had six RBI going 5-6 on June 1 vs. Brevard County .
"I was just trying to get a pitch to hit and hit it hard," Baez told Daytona Cubs play-by-play announcer Michael West after the game.
While some critics are quick to point out walk and strikeouts rates, there's no doubt the 20-year-old has the best bat speed in the Cubs organization. He's also the shown ability to work deep in counts as the season has progressed. After 35 games he was hitting .244/272/.468 but after tonight is at .291/.339/.570 with 13 HR and 44 RBI. He's also scored 45 times and is 5-6 on stolen base attempts.
The Baez news traveled fast blowing up twitter and even Cubs Manager Dale Sveum was asked about Baez's night during his post-game press conference at Wrigley saying it was a special night for any player to hit four homers.
AAA—Iowa 7, Oklahoma City 6
Iowa (29-34) ran its winning streak to four games as Brad Nelson hit two homers for the second straight game to lead the I-Cubs over Oklahoma City (33-28)
At the Plate: Nelson homered leading off the second and Logan Watkins delivered a two-out, two-run, single scoring Junior Lake and Ian Stewart. Nelson's second homer started another three-run inning as Lake, Stewart, and Darnell McDonnell hit consecutive doubles. Dave Sappelt knocked in an important insurance run with a RBI single with two outs in the eighth.
Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (2-5 2B 2RBI), Sappelt CF (1-4 RBI BB), Bogusevic RF (1-5), Nelson DH (2-4 2R 2HR 2RBI), Murphy SS (2-5), Lake 3B (1-5 2R 2B), Stewart 1B (1-3 2R 2B RBI BB), Flores C (0-2 2BB)
On the Mound: Yoanner Negrin (1-2 3.68) earned his first career AAA win allowing five runs on ten hits and two walks with eight punchouts in five innings. Casey Coleman (1-0 2.14) made his eighth straight appearance without allowing a run, extending his scoreless streak to a team-high 18.1 innings. The right-hander yielded two hits and a walk in three innings with two strikeouts for his third hold. Brian Schlitter (0-0 2.25) ran into some problems in the ninth (1IP, 2H 1ER 1K) but catcher Luis Flores threw out the tying run at second to end the game..
AA—Mobile 4, Tennessee 3
A walk, stolen base, and a single with two outs gave Mobile (34-29) the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth over Tennessee (32-31).
At the Plate: Tennessee out hit Mobile 8-6 and coaxed three walks but the Smokies were just 1-8 with RISP. The Smokies got on the board in the second on doubles by Rafael Lopez and Jonathan Mota. A throwing error scored Arismendy Alcantara in the third and Anthony Giansanti's sacrifice fly scored Christian Villanueva, who singled and took third on Lopez's second double of the game.
Smokies Lineup: Szczur CF (0-4), Alcantara 2B (2-4 R), Silva CF (0-3), Villanueva 3B (2-4 R), Lopez C (2-4, R, 2 2B), Giansanti LF/RF (1-3 RBI), Mota 1B (1-4 2B), Soto (0-2 2BB), Morris P (0-3), Wright LF (0-1).
On the Mound: A. J. Morris (2-0 4.60 ERA) made his second start and the right-hander has thrown well in both games. He allowed just one run in 5.1 innings with two hits and four strikeouts, one of his best outings of the season. He threw 71 pitches, 44, for strikes and got nine ground ball outs . After being nearly unhittable first 18 games, Zachary Rosscup (1-0 2.10) blew his third save of the season giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in the three-run sixth. Trey McNutt (2-4 4.44) tossed 1.2 innings of shutout relief. Kevin Rhoderick (0-2 5.82) got the first two hitters in the ninth but allowed a walk, a stolen base, and then a single ended the game.
High A—Daytona 9, Fort Myers 6
Javier Baez hit four homers to lead Daytona (32-28) over Fort Myers (41-20)
At the Plate: Javier Baez hit a homer in all four at-bats and drove in seven runs.—two solo shots, a two-run blast and a three-run homer. The Cubs' other two runs scored in the second when Benjamin Carhart singled and crossed home on Zeke DeVoss' triple. John Andreoli then added a two-out RBI single scoring DeVoss.
Cubs Lineup: Andreoli LF (1-3 R RBI BB), Saunders 2B (1-3 2R BB), Baez SS (4-4 4R 4HR 7RBI), Soler RF (1-4), Geiger 1B (0-4), Carhart 3B (1-4 R), DeVoss CF (1-4 R 3B RBI), Easterling DH (0-3), Cabezas C (0-3)
On the Mound: Zach Cates (6-5 4.18 ERA) got the win tossing six innings with six strikeouts and no walks. He allowed seven hits and four runs, three earned. Luis Lira (0-2 7.03) saw his first action in June surrendering a pair of runs on three walks and two hits in an inning. Larry Suarez (0-0 5.40) worked 1.1 innings of scoreless relief and Frank Del Valle (3-1 2.70) came in and got the final two outs, both on strikeouts, for his fourth save.Cubs Notes: Entering Monday night's game Daytona found themselves in the middle of the first-half division title as they trail first-place Dunedin (Blue Jays) by 2 games and are on game behind Clearwater (Phillies). Both teams lost as the Cubs pulled to within one game of first.
A—Cedar Rapids 6, Kane County 2
At the Plate: Kane County didn't do much off last year's second round pick Mason Melotakis, as the left-hander blanked Kane County for seven innings on four hits. KC's two runs came on a Daniel Vogelbach grounder in the eighth inning and a ground out by Carlos Escobar scoring Rock Shoulders, who doubled to lead off the ninth.
Cougars Lineup: Amaya 2B (0-1 3BB), Almora CF (1-4 2B), Vogelbach DH (0-3 RBI BB), Candelario 3B (0-4), Shoulders 1B (2-4 R 2B), Rademacher RF (1-4), Escobar C (0-3 RBI), Bote SS (0-4), Zapata LF (2-3 R)
On the Mound: On May 18 at Cedar Rapids, Pierce Johnson (4-5 3.45 ERA) held the Kernals scoreless for 6 innings and fanned a season-high 9. The right-hander didn't make it out of the fifth on Monday afternoon allowing seven hits and five runs, including a bases clearing double by Buxton. He fanned four and walked two. Lendy Castillo (0-4 7.05) finished the game allowing a run on three hits with four strikeouts.
Cougars Notes: The Cougars end the first half with a six-game home stand against Burlington (June 11-13) and Wisconsin (June 14-16). Two of the dates with the Timber Rattlers were rescheduled doubleheaders but have been switched to single games since it won't affect the first-half standings.