The Japanese right-hander is off to a slow start in his first season with the Cubs, and Maddon said he had a conversation with the pitcher while the team was in Cleveland this week.
BC-BBN-Brewers-Cubs, 1st Ld-Writethru, 765 Darvish rebounds as Cubs beat Brewers 3-2AP Photo CXC116, CXC114, CXC117, CXC119, CXC115, CXC123, CXC121, CXC126Eds: Cubs 3, Brewers 2.
Brent Suter (1-2, 5.68 ERA) pitches for Milwaukee.
Three relievers combined to keep Mercer stranded, sending the game to extra innings but the Cardinals wound up losing for just the third time in 13 games.
The Cubs probably can get by for a few days without third baseman Kris Bryant.
The $126 million free agent addition bounced back from a pair of poor outings to allow only an unearned run over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. He yielded just 3 hits against the Brewers with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks, lowering his ERA from 6.86 to 5.26. He got the win thanks to a late error by the Brewers, which allowed Addison Russell to score the winning run in the bottom of the 7th.
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ROCKIES 1, MARLINS 0 Antonio Senzatela entered for injured starter Tyler Anderson, hit an RBI double and allowed one hit over 3 2/3 innings to lift visiting Colorado over Miami. Quintana, meanwhile, hasn't been sharp but did strike out six in a six-inning shutout against the Brewers three starts ago.
Pedro Strop (3-0) retired Aguilar - his only batter - on a flyout that ended the seventh.
The 26-year-old Bryant is batting.319 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 19 games. The National League Central rivals will meet at 2:20 p.m. ET. He pinch hit in the seventh, flied out and remained in the game at first.
The two teams play again this afternoon with the pre game show at 12:45 on the Brewers Radio Network.
Athletics 8, Astros 1 • Sean Manaea followed up his no-hitter with seven solid innings, three Athletics homered and Oakland won in Houston for its fifth win in six games.
Now, it has simulated Saturday's game 10,000 times, breaking down every conceivable at-bat to produce a strong money line pick.
"This is certainly a confidence booster and I'll keep going", Darvish said through a translator.