Javier Baez had a huge night at Principal Park Saturday. And Addison Russell collected his third straight multi-hit game and hit a home run for second night in a row.
Javier Baez hit two, three-run home runs, one in each game of the twinbill against the Memphis Redbirds. Baez launched a three run shot in the first inning of game one and ended up 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI. Baez launched his 19th home run of the season in game two, a three-run shot in the first inning. Baez was 1-for-3 in the second game with a home run, a walk and three RBI.
Javier Baez played second base in both games and finished the night 3-for-7 with two home runs, a double, a walk and six RBI.
Addison Russell followed up his two-homer game on Friday night with a 3-for-5 performance Saturday that included a double, a home run and two RBI. Russell is 5-for-10 in his last two games with three home runs, a double and six RBI.
Javier Baez is pushing for a promotion and has played only two games at shortstop since he started playing second base ten days ago. Baez has hit home runs in consecutive games four different times this season after hitting longballs in both games on Saturday night.
Since the All-Star break (11 games), Javier Baez is 17-for-43 with five doubles, five home runs, three walks and 10 strikeouts … .395/.429/.860 for a 1.053 OPS. And over his last 23 games, Baez is batting .310/.364/.690 with nine doubles, eight walks, 23 strikeouts and a 1.053 OPS.
After a bad start to the season at the plate, Javier Baez is now hitting .259/.320/.499 with 24 doubles, two triples, 19 home runs, 73 RBI and a .818 OPS.
After Saturday night, Addison Russell is hitting .277/.319/.585 in 17 games with the Smokies. Russell has hit two doubles and six home runs for a .903 OPS. And over the last 10 games, Russell is batting .316/.366/.816 with a double, six home runs, two walks, seven strikeouts and a 1.182 OPS.
Jorge Soler played in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Soler was 2-for-3 with a double and is 3-for-9 with a double, three walks and two strikeouts in his first three games with Iowa.
Kris Bryant picked up a double in the two games. Bryant started at third base and was 1-for-4 in game one and 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in the second game. Bryant has cooled off, somewhat. As was pointed out on the broadcast, Kris Bryant is collecting only one hit a game and not two.
Several of the players in the Cubs system put together good performances Saturday night. Shawon Dunston Jr. (2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a RBI and two runs scored) and Chesny Young (2-for-4 with a triple and a RBI) stayed hot for Kane County, while Jacob Hannemann (6-for-8 with a double, two stolen bases, a RBI and three runs scored) collected six hits in a doubleheader in his Daytona debut.
Dan Vogelbach (4-for-7 with a walk and two RBI), Billy McKinney (3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI, a walk and a run scored) and Kyle Schwarber (2-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored) helped Daytona take two from St. Lucie. Taylor Davis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI for Tennessee in the Smokies victory over Birmingham.
On the pitching front, Tayler Scott pitched five shutout innings for Daytona and struck out eight batters without issuing a walk. Paul Blackburn was charged with five runs, two earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Dan Straily struggled Saturday night and gave up five runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over five innings.