WATCH: Javy Baez and Victor Caratini Combine for a Critical Out at the Plate

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WATCH: Javy Baez and Victor Caratini Combine for a Critical Out at the Plate

Chicago Cubs Highlights

The Cubs won last night’s game by a single run – thanks to a struggling offense and great starting pitching, they’ve been in a lot of close games lately – and most of the visible credit for that will go to Ian Happ and his dramatic three-run homer. Deserved.

But obviously the pitching and defense deserve some credit any time you hold down an opposing offense to just a couple runs.

The only inning that was trouble for Cubs pitching was the 4th, when Cole Hamels allowed a couple solo homers, and also allowed the next two batters (with a boot in the outfield) to reach second and third with nobody out. But the Cubs got out of the inning without allowing further damage thanks to two Hamels strikeouts surrounding a great play at the plate.

On that play, the Cubs undoubtedly got some help from an apparently indecisive Eugenio Suarez, but it was still a credit to Javy Baez for acting quickly and Victor Caratini for snagging a wild throw and still making the play:

Without that play, who knows how many the Reds go on to score that inning, and maybe the game ends very differently.


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.