#Cubs Minor League report: Baez 4-for-4

Monday’s games

Javier Baez went 4-for-4, including a home run, and drove in two runs, in Iowa’s 9-0 win over Fresno. Eric Jokisch gave up one hit over six innings. Baez is now batting .315, and riding a nine-game hitting streak. He has eight multi-hit games in that stretch.

Tennessee split a doubleheader against Chattanooga, losing the first game, 4-2, and winning the second, 4-1. Willson Contreras was 4-for-6 in the two games with a solo home run. Jonathan Mota homered in the second game and finished with three hits in the two games. Anthony Giansanti hit a two-run double in the second game.

Myrtle Beach lost, 5-1, to Winston-Salem. Mark Zagunis had two hits and drove in one.

Erick Leal gave up two runs over five innings in South Bend’s 4-2 win over West Michigan. Kevin Encarnacion had three hits for the second straight game.

Eugene’s game against Spokane was suspended because of a power outage. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Dylan Cease gave up one hit over three shutout innings in Mesa’s 9-2 win over the Angels. Chris Pieters drove in two runs. Cease struck out five.


Aloha folks, Baez is making a strong case for the September call-ups! Mahalo!

Not only that, but with Soler out, the Cubs don’t have a lot of offense against tough LH starters.
Of course I know Rizzo does very well against LH’ers, Fowler switch hits. The lineup does not look very intimidating with Castro and Ross in there. Couglan, Schwarber & Montero have their problems against LH’ers.
Without Soler, the whole lineup looks vulnerable. I would love to see another intimidating bat in the order against Kershaw and Bumgarner.

You are right about that missing right handed bat of Soler Jasper, but I am not sure about (hopeful, yes!) Baez being an intimidating hitter just yet but regardless of him being able to intimidate an opposing left handed pitcher he certainly would at least change the dynamic of the line up and also in the very least make the opposing pitcher (and manager) think/sweat a little bit more…Yep it might be perfect timing to find out if Baez can be that intimidating hitter we hope he is. Maybe a call up prior to post season roster deadline is in order? You think?
Who do we want coming to the dish with RISP? LaStella? Or the high ceiling Baez?
It seems a demotion for LaStella and a call up of Baez would not upset the roster anyway considering LaStella was MIA all year anyway. We have the versatile and resourceful Hererra as a back infielder all year so…bring up Baez to plug the hole at 2B and the right handed hole in the batting order. That would improve the defense and leave a platoon of Coghlan and Denorfia to cover RF. Logical? You know what? Baez may intimidating enough after all…and in the post season?

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You`ll forgive me if this is a little off topic, but I did intend to comment on it days ago. On second thought, since Arrieta is pitching tonight, it is not all that far off the subject. Last Thursday night on the MLB Network, Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, and Dan Plesac were on set discussing `what else?` baseball matters. Arrieta had pitched a gem that day, and Plesac said at one point Jake is a horse, and later called him an ace. Then Dan asserted, “That makes Arrieta `a horse`s ace.` It was all in good fun and everyone laughed, including myself. After Lester`s stellar outing yesterday, I heard comments that Jon is a horse too. The case can be made that Lester`s an `ace` also. My question is the following: Is it possible to have two `horse`s aces` on the same staff? (Smiling)

Yes it is. It’s easy math Arrieta #1 + Lester #2 = 2 aces. Next year when Lester becomes ace #3 the the Cubs will then have….???? Yes, 3 aces. And will begin to dominate the NLC.

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