CHICAGO – Nicholas Castellanos raised a fist in the air and began to jump up and down as he rounded the second base on Wednesday night. He had the perfect starting point to see Kris Bryant's baseball disappearing into the left-hand bleachers.
Bryant's Two-Shot in the Eighth
Bryant's double strike in the eighth inning was the decisive start of the wild 1
Darvish continued his impressive series of free starts, but his bouts with giving up homeruns hurt him against the Giants. Evan Longoria, Mike Yastrzemski and Stephen Vogt each parted from Darvish, who also delivered a solo shot to Kevin Pillar he was careful and did not go. The right-handed player was the first pitcher in MLB history to have had at least eight punchouts and zero free passes in five consecutive launches.
Jordan Bastian covers the cubs for MLB.com. Previously, he covered the Indians from 2011 to 18 and the Blue Jays from 2006 to 10. Read his blog Major League Bastian and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian .