With last night’s game riding the edge of a knife, new Cubs closer Wade Davis needed just one more out to finish things off. The tying run was at first base, and Kolten Wong pulled a hard grounder that looked ticketed for right field, which would have sent that tying run to third base.
But, in last night’s game – as will be the case in most games where the Cubs hold a late lead – second base is the province of one of the most talented defensive players in baseball. And Javy Baez made a great sliding play, and hurried to get the ball to first base just in time to nail Wong:
Things got a little tense there with the review, and it was definitely one of those plays that, if the call had gone the other way on the field, it probably stands no matter what. It’s nice to get the benefit of the doubt on a great play like that.
It was also great to see Rizzo and Wong avoid the worst of a collision, as the angle of Baez’s throw necessarily was going to put Rizzo in an awkward spot right at the moment Wong was arriving at the base.
Great play by Javy Baez to seal the win for the Cubs.