It's Game of Thrones night at Wrigley Field, so of course it was Javy Baez who turned in the first fantastical highlight of the evening.
After drawing a walk in his first plate appearance, Baez grounded a ball to Dodgers first baseman David Freese in the second inning and wound up hitting the former St. Louis hero with the best juke move we've seen in Chicago since Walter Payton:
JAVY JUST BROKE FREESE'S ANKLES pic.twitter.com/DRKTmTnLaf— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) April 24, 2019
Everything about this is just flat-out ridiculous: How far that pitch was out of the strike zone, how Baez somehow avoided the tag (and by several feet!), how Freese could do nothing but shake his head and tip his cap — all of it.
And hats off to first base umpire Chad Whitson, who ruled it a single on the field and did not declare Baez out of the baseline.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts came out to argue, but to no avail and Baez's 27th hit of the season became official.
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) April 24, 2019