Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Báez was pulled by manager David Ross after the fourth inning on Monday after he appeared to lose track of how many outs there were, leading to an inning-ending double play in a 4-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Báez was pulled by manager David Ross after the fourth inning on Monday after he lost track of how many outs there were while on the basepaths, leading to an inning-ending double play in a 4-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
"We just got to make sure we’re focused and locked in during the game," Ross said. "Sometimes, our frustrations can distract us a little bit."
Báez was on first base with one out when Anthony Rizzo hit a fly ball to left field in the bottom of the fourth. Báez continued running past second base, allowing the Indians to double him up at first base after Eddie Rosario caught the flyout.
Ross was seen talking with Báez in the dugout afterward. Sergio Alcántara replaced him at shortstop.
"We had a good conversation, and I think that’s behind us," Ross said. "Javy’s really important to this team."
Báez said he blamed it on himself and there are no hard feelings with Ross.
"I lost count of the outs," he said. "We talked about it. We’re on the same page. I’ll be there tomorrow to help the team."
A two-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner in 2020, Báez is slashing .226/.264/.460 with 16 home runs and 44 RBIs, both of which lead the Cubs, in 64 games this season. He entered Monday's games leading MLB with 95 strikeouts.
Monday's loss was the sixth in eight games for the Cubs, who entered the day tied atop the NL Central with the Milwaukee Brewers. Chicago has scored just 14 runs over that stretch.Cubs' Javier Báez loses track of outs, pulled from game in loss to Indians - The Athletic View Story