Javier Báez's grand slam gives Tigers 5-1 win over Diamondbacks

Javier Báez’s grand slam gives Tigers 5-1 win over Diamondbacks

Phoenix — Don’t poke the bear. 

A fan seated near the Tigers on-deck circle was giving Javier Báez the business before he came to bat with the bases loaded in the third inning Friday night.

“Nothing bad,” Báez said with a smile. “Just talking good trash.”

Báez responded by blasting a grand slam home run and sending the Tigers to a 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first of three games.

Javier Baez #28 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Riley Greene #31 after hitting a grand slam home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field on June 24, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.

It was Báez’s third homer in three games and it was majestic. He had just chased and swung wildly at a 1-1 curve ball from D-backs starter Merritt Kelly. Kelly came right back with the same pitch, only he left it over the plate.

Báez sent it 459 feet, nearly reaching the second deck in left-center. The ball left his bat with an exit velocity of 111 mph. It was the farthest ball hit by a Tiger since Jeimer Candelario hit one 467 feet in July of 2019.

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