Watch: Javy Homers Twice for First Hits of 2017 Postseason
Javy Baez came into the game batting 0-for-20 this postseason and the Cubs had not yet scored a run following a homer in the NLCS. As it happens, both unsavory streaks ended with one swing in the bottom of the 2nd. Baez barely waited back long enough on an Alex Wood curve, sneaking it just inside the foul pole to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
When he came up for his next at-bat, he waved at a change that barely even made it to the plate. Knowing how badly he’d been fooled, the second baseman stepped out of the box and took a deep breath to collect his thoughts. Wood followed with another changeup that didn’t fall as far off the table, and Javy deposited it into the bleachers in left-center.
It was the Cubs’ third hit, all solo homers (Jake Arrieta followed shortly thereafter with their first non-HR base hit of the game). We’ll get the video for the first when it’s available, only the second is out there now.
Anotha one! Báez goes deep to left for his second HR in the game! Cubs go up 3-1. #NLCS #MLBonTBS pic.twitter.com/g5khd0EX2f
— TBS Network (@TBSNetwork) October 19, 2017