The 100th home game of Javier Baez could not have come for him or for the Chicago Cubs at a better time.
On the verge of yet another frustrating defeat by the New York Mets, Baez prevailed on Sunday to the limit
In the 0-2 defeat, he prevailed against Seth Lugo and scored with a 3-run homer one 5: 3 victory of the Cubs.
"Feels" Great, "said Baez, who has 19 homers this season." That's a lot of homer for me. Actually, I did not know until I came to the shelter and everybody started congratulating me. Pretty excited. I thought it would be a bit later in my career. I really did not do it. "I'm really glad I made it and I hope I can continue."
Baez joins Ernie Banks and Shawon Dunston as the only Cubs shortstops with at least 50 games played 100 to reach Homer's with the Cubs.
By the time Baez met his, it had been a frustrating day and a frustrating homebase for the Cubs. They separated a couple earlier with the White Sox and were about to lose three out of four against the Mets.
In addition, Baez struck his first two games against Jacob deGrom and made him the 3-18 winner at the home stand.
But his homer rescued another good start with pitcher Cole Hamels and set the table for Pedro Strop to earn his ninth save.
"That was great because he was so frustrated," Strop said. "It's not the first time it's happened, so when I went to the stable I saw that he was frustrated after the strike, he said:" Oh, he (deGrom) is not throwing us fastballs, just Slider . & # 39; I said, Bro, it's good that you know that, make another plan, do your thing, you'll win this ballgame. & # 39;
Manager Joe Maddon always preaches on the other field, especially when his fighters are down in the count.
"We've seen it before, right?" said Maddon, whose team was improved to 42-35 to hold first place in the National League Central. "I love it when he's in that gap (right in the middle), I think he should fill the gap in the right midfield, many of our boys should be right-handed, good again, couple good." at-bats actually for him. "
The early part of the game was a nice match between Hamels and deGrom, with Hamels winning the first run of the game in the second inning, with the Mets making it on the fourth lap with Pete Alonso's leadoff homer, Alonso 27 already. in season.
Tomas Nido was successful and deGrom had an RBI single in the fifth to place the Mets 3-1 up before Anthony Rizzo's RBI single missed the Cubs a run in the bottom half.  When Kyle Schwarber was eliminated as eighth, Rizzo Baez performed.
But Hamels struggled to keep the boys in. He worked 7 innings for his fifth quality start in a row (1.00 ERA in this span) He dropped his pitch early on a wet day.
But he too was surprised at Baez.
"He's the type of player, you can never count him," Hamels said, "He always wants to make a difference. As much as he wants to make a difference in the batsman's box, he makes his presence on the pitch clear with all his games.
"It's just quite spectacular to have him as a teammate and have this guy in the lineup."