Cubs 3B expected to return to lineup Saturday

Pearl Mccarthy
April 29, 2018

Yu Darvish bounced back from a pair of poor outings to allow only an unearned run in six innings, Addison Russell scored the go-ahead run on shortstop Eric Sogard's seventh-inning error, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Friday. Darvish left with a 2-1 lead, but Milwaukee tied the score in the seventh off the bullpen to deny Darvish his first victory with Chicago. Anderson (2-2) stayed with him until Kyle Schwarber drove a 0-1 pitch over the wall in right for his seventh homer with one out in the sixth.

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.

"Just a really tightly, well-played baseball game", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

The Chicago Cubs second baseman was apparently feeling frisky after extending his 10-game hitting streak and picking up his National League-best 25th RBI in a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday afternoon. Catcher Willson Contreras rested for most of the night before entering as a defensive replacement for the eighth. Shaw flied out with Braun on second in the first, and Jett Bandy took a called third strike after Orlando Arcia's hit in the second.

Hendricks tossed seven shutout innings and struck out five on his way to 2-and-1. He had won each of his prior two starts.

"Great composure", Maddon said.

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"We talked about not worrying about the previous pitch and what happened in the past, but concentrating on the pitch I'm about to throw", Darvish recalled.

"It's never going to be a unilateral decision on my part to insist that he plays, ever", Maddon said. In the first 10 losses of the year, they batted.181 and averaged 1.7 runs a game. The first two games of this series were low scoring and I see this one following suit, especially knowing that the Under is 14-2 the last 16 games between these teams.

Darvish was provided a lead the bottom half when Albert Almora Jr. doubled and scored on a single by Javier Baez, who stole second and came home on Anthony Rizzo's single. The slugger likely will have an operation.

"This guy's good. This guy's going to show it".

"Anytime you feel like you can't get out of the way of a ball, you kind of feel helpless", Bryant said. He is now 2-1 with a 1.46 ERA on the year.

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