3/19 Baez hits 5th HR
Now the cactus aren’t safe in the desert from Javier Baez’s home run blasts. On Wednesday, Baez belted his fifth home run, another solo shot, in the Cubs’ 9-6 loss to the Rockies in Scottsdale. Baez’s ball landed in the batter’s eye at Salt River Fields, next to some cactus planted there. He’s already broken two car windows during batting practice this spring.
Baez is slightly ahead of last spring’s pace. In 2013, he hit four home runs in 17 Cactus League games, batting .298 (14-for-47) with 10 RBIs. Those numbers did not include two more homers that he hit in an exhibition game against Team Japan. In 13 games this spring, he’s hitting .308 (12-for-39) with five home runs and five RBIs. You can find a video of Baez’s blast on Cubs.com under the “Video section.” Go to “Cubs Video Highlights.”
There was a scary moment when Baez collided with left fielder Anthony Giansanti in shallow left. Baez stayed on the ground, but got up and stayed in the game. Although Cubs fans would like to see more of Baez, the front office insists he’ll open the season at Triple-A Iowa as the starting shortstop.
— Carrie Muskat