Javier Baez hits one to the street


CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo isn't one to get caught up in the hoopla about the future of his team. Even as things are going better, he's sticking to the day-to-day, though he let himself slip after the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Wednesday night. He and stud prospect Javier Baez hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning of the win.

"We just want to keep getting more everyday guys," Rizzo said of the Cubs' rebuild. "There's three, four everyday guys [now], pretty soon there will be five, six and pretty soon we're going to have a really, really scary lineup."

The ones who are here now did some damage against starter Kyle Lohse and the first-place Brewers. Chris Coghlan, Baez, Rizzo and Starlin Castro combined to go 9-for-15 on Wednesday. No other Cub had a hit in the game. Two of those nine hits left the ballpark, including a massive display of power by Baez. He hit a low slider onto the street beyond the left-field bleachers.

"I hit the ball pretty good," he said. "As soon as I hit it everyone went crazy and I knew it was gone."

Baez was asked if he watched his first Wrigley Field home run leave the yard.

"I just run the bases," Baez said. "I don't want to show anyone up."

Rizzo followed with a blast on the next pitch despite admitting it was "probably a ball."

"I just kind of fed off the energy of the crowd right there," Rizzo said. "It was exciting to go back-to-back with him."

That energy has been missing for quite some time at the Cubs' iconic ballpark. The power the organization is amassing could change everything. And while the Cubs are still searching for arms, the past two starters -- Tsuyoshi Wada and Kyle Hendricks -- are proving the team might be able to develop from within better than people think.

"It's nice because we lost two of our front-end guys," Rizzo said of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. "Kyle and Wada have really stepped up and it's nice."

The show is just beginning at Wrigley Field but as quick as Rizzo was in sounding excited about it, a few seconds later, he put on the brakes.

"There's definitely excitement and there's reason for excitement here, but I'm not going to get caught up in all that," he said. "We have almost 50 games left to come out and prove to everyone we're going to be good very soon."

In the meantime, everyone can just enjoy the power show.