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#pounditMonday, December 6, 2021

Javy Baez hits two home runs, one while blowing bubble

Javy Baez broke out of his postseason slump in the biggest way possible.

Baez entered Wednesday’s Game 4 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers 0-for-20 in the postseason. The Chicago Cubs kept faith in their slick-fielding second baseman and left him in the lineup. The decision paid off.

Baez smacked two home runs and drove in two of his team’s three runs in a 3-2 win over the Dodgers to extend the series to a fifth game.

One amusing detail that must not be overlooked is that Baez hit one of his homers while blowing a bubble with his chewing gum:

“I was struggling a lot this series and the series before. I just said let it go, don’t try too hard, and that’s what happened,” Baez said after the game in an interview with TBS.

Not to be overlooked is Jake Arrieta, who allowed just one run over 6.2 innings to pick up the win.

Clayton Kershaw and Jose Quintana are expected to square off in Game 5 with the Cubs again facing elimination.

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