Baez was 0-for-9 with six strikeouts, although the final strikeout was a very questionable one, as it appeared he held up his bat on a check swing (I actually happened to be watching on MiLB.TV). The first base umpire thought otherwise, and rung up Baez for strike three. It was the kind of call that would frustrate any batter, but especially Baez after the start to his season. So Baez didn't take too kindly to the call and was soon ejected from Saturday's game by the home plate umpire.
Iowa manager Marty Pevey kept Baez out of the lineup on Sunday. Not for disciplinary reasons or anything, but just to give the SuperProspect a mental rest. The Des Moines Register's Tommy Birch tweeted the following before the game:
Veteran Chris Coghlan spent a lot of time talking with Baez during BP. A lot of the older guys seem to be taking him under their wing. #CubsAnd perhaps the veterans' words of wisdom/encouragement paid off for Baez already. In the seventh inning, Baez came to the plate as a pinch-hitter with Iowa trailing Memphis 2-1, and launched a breaking ball offering over the left-center field wall for a home run to tie the game:
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) April 6, 2014
(Thanks to @PhilKJames for the video)
Not a bad way for him to respond to yesterday and pick up his first Triple-A hit, right?
Then in the eighth inning, Baez got another at-bat and came up just a few feet short of a grand slam on a well-hit flyball to the center field warning track:
(Thanks to @jaketoobie for the Vine)
Iowa won the game 4-3, so Baez's solo shot obviously played a big part in the victory too.
Hopefully Javy can build off of what he was able to do Sunday at the dish and swing the bat like we all know he can for Iowa. If he can, we'll see him playing at Wrigley within a few months.
Related: Kris Bryant hits his first two two home runs for Double-A Tennessee
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