The Chicago Cubs used an unusual four-man outfield shift with Joey Votto at the plate on Monday night, but it was ultimately unsuccessful.
With Votto coming to the plate in the top of the fifth inning, third baseman Kris Bryant moved to left-center field, with left fielder Kyle Schwarber playing near the foul line. Jon Jay remained in center, with Jason Heyward in right field.
The left side of the infield was left entirely open with shortstop Javier Baez playing up the middle.
Votto beat the alignment by doubling to right field.
"Joey Votto right now is ungodly," Joe Maddon said. "Whatever you do, you're taking chances anyhow. It's almost like [San Diego Padres legend] Tony Gwynn when he was good.
"We'll continue to throw it out there when we think it's the right thing to do."