Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Cubs welcome Bryant, Zobrist back to lineup

How will Kris Bryant feel the next time he steps into the batter’s box How will Kris Bryant feel the next time he steps into the batter’s box
Gustavo Carr | 29 April, 2018, 00:34

I think this concept that he doesn't compete is absolutely fabricated and false. It was the seventh time he'd been hit by a pitch this season, tops in the majors. Kyle Schwarber's solo homer in the sixth was the only offense Chicago would need.

Carl Edwards Jr. pitched a flawless eighth, and Brandon Morrow finished it off with a ideal ninth, striking out Ryan Braun for his sixth save.

The Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna had two RBI singles among his three hits and Jedd Gyorko homered. Chicago Manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman could return to the lineup today.

As the Cubs returned home to Wrigley Field on Thursday to open a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Bryant went out before the Cubs' 1-0 victory to take some hitting. On Friday night, Brent Suter had a decent outing as he allowed two ERs on five hits and a walk while striking out three in 5.0 innings of work. He had won each of his prior two starts. "And making sure the medical procedures are being followed so we do everything right", Maddon said. I kind of put it where he likes it.

With two outs and runners on first and second in the second, Braun made a great diving stop behind the bag and flipped to Anderson to retire Jason Heyward.

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"Tough play up the middle", Counsell said. It would have been probably treated differently, even 10 years ago.

"I want him to stay in the moment", Maddon said.

Hendricks' defense also turned in a couple of nice plays. After Baez stole second, Anthony Rizzo singled him in to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. The slugger likely will have an operation. He could come off the disabled list when he is eligible to return on Saturday. The Triple-A callup has allowed just one earned run over 15.1 innings pitched with a 2-0 record in three starts.

Yu Darvish avoided the fifth-inning blues on a cool Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, leaving the mound to chants of "Yuuuu" after throwing six strong innings against Milwaukee.

"This guy is one of the best pitchers in the world". The pitch made contact around the forehead, but Bryant didn't fall to the ground. That's a very promising development after the 33-year-old put up a 5.12 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 21 appearances last season. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 5.75 ERA in his last four starts.