Chicago Cubs celebrity Javy Báez includes a couple of highlight-reel plays his resume, but his most recent drama for a baserunner at a match against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday day might just be on peak of this listing.
At the very top of the next inning with Willson Contreras on next base, Báez hit a routine ground ball to third baseman Erik González in what should happen to be an inning-ending playwith. On the other hand, the throw made Pirates first baseman May Craig off the foundation and he strove to label Báez, who chose to return toward home plate.
Instead of merely stepping first to end the inning, Craig chased Báez also it enabled Contreras to around the bases and that he slipped into home securely. Catcher Michael Pérez recovered the ball from Craig and hauled it to attempt to catch Báez outside, but it drifted over second baseman Adam Frazier, who had been trying to pay the bag, also Báez attained second on the error.
Ian Happ hit just a couple of minutes afterwards, scoring Báez to provide the Cubs a three-run lead.
Chicago won eight of nine matches.
Ryan Tepera functioned 1 1/3 innings for his first save in 3 decades.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the eighth but could not pull even and dropped for the ninth time in 10 games. The Pirates are 6-20 since scratching over .500 in 12-11 per month ago.