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Javy Baez wallops towering spring homer, his fifth of the season
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The cactus garden batter's eye at Salt River Fields stands maybe 30 feet in the air beyond the 410-foot centerfield wall. Four tiers display cactus — barrel in the front and taller, less spiky ones in the back two rows.
Wednesday night, in the eighth inning of a three-run game in the middle of the spring,
Javy Baez parked a solo home run off the Rockies' Rob Scahill into the second row of cactus.
It traveled 452 feet.
Baez's fifth home run of the spring send gasps through the crowd, and was perhaps another glimpse into the future. Baez figures to start the season in the minors.
He put a scare into Cubs partisans in the bottom half of the inning, too. Tracking back on a fly ball from his shortstop position, he knocked knees with left fielder Anthony Giansanti.
Baez stayed on the ground for a minute, was examined by trainers, and stayed in the game.
The Cubs rallied more in the ninth, scoring three to take a one-run lead, but watched as the Rockies knotted it in the bottom half.
Then, with two out in the home ninth, the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon launched a three-run home run off Paolo Espino for the 9-6 walk-off winner.