CHICAGO – Nicola Castellanos fists in the air and starts jumping up and down as he surrounds second base on Wednesday night. He had the perfect vantage point to watch Chris Bryant's baseball disappear at left-field bleaching spots.
Bryant's double shot in the eighth
Bryant's double shot in the eighth inning served as the decisive blow to the Cubans' 1
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] With the win, the Cubs overtook the National League Cardinals in the Central League after St. Louis lost to the Brewers in a rain-reduced game.
Darwish continued his impressive run of starts without going, but his struggles with giving up home runs hurt him against the jig. Evan Longoria, Mike Jastremski, and Stephen Vogt fired two shots at Darvish, who also delivered a solo blast to Kevin Pillar.
Darwish was ordered with seven runs (six won) in 5 1/3 innings, in which he struck out eight and went none. The right-hander became the first keeper in MLB recorded history to have at least eight strikeouts and zero free passes in five consecutive starts.
– Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 22, 2019
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