Bryant went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a second run scored and a walk during a 4-3 victory over the Pirates on Friday. His leadoff homer in the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie, and then Bryant scored the eventual winning run during the eighth. In the past four games, Bryant has six extra-base hits and three RBI. He is hitting .297 with 18 home runs, 45 RBI, 68 runs and one steal in 320 at-bats this season.
Bryant went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a solo home run and three runs scored Thursday against the Pirates. Bryant had an extra-base hit in each of his first three at-bats, highlighted by his 17th home run of the season. After receiving Wednesday off to rest his bruised knee, Bryant showed no ill effects at the dish. The performance continued his recent string of strong hitting, as he now has eight extra-base knocks in his last 11 starts. Overall, he's hitting .294/.399/.548 across 266 plate appearances.
Bryant (knee) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates. Bryant had banged up his knee sliding during the Cubs' recent series in Cincinnati, so manager Joe Maddon decided to give him Wednesday off. He will slot back into the lineup against right-hander Jordan Lyles, and Bryant will occupy the three hole after exclusively batting second to this point. Following a slow start, Bryant hit .300 or better in May and June and now ranks 14th in the NL in OPS with a .921 mark.
Bryant is not starting Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to his knee being banged up, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Bryant appears to be dealing with nothing worse than scrapes and bruises, so it does seem as though he'll miss much time. David Bote starts at the hot corner in his absence.
Bryant is not starting Wednesday against the Pirates. Bryant has slashed .343/.418/.543 since the last time he sat on the bench 20 games ago. David Bote will start at third base in his absence.
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