Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier "El Mago" Baez never ceases to amaze. (Credit: Isaiah Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

WATCH: Javier Baez takes huge baserunning risk that pays off


by - Senior Writer -

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs took a 1-0 lead over the rival Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday due to a risky baserunning decision by shortstop Javier Baez that paid off in the end. Baez converted a 1-out double that he hit into a run by coming home on an ensuing RBI single off the bat of third baseman Kris Bryant.

With that being said, most players would have likely only made it as far as third base on Bryant's hit. However, in typical "El Mago" fashion, Baez seemed to be able to tell that White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez was struggling to find Bryant's fly ball in the sun. Baez proved to be correct in his assumption, as Jimenez was unable to locate the ball before it dropped for a bloop single. Meanwhile, Baez skipped home with ease and provided the Cubs with an early advantage.

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