Kris Bryant gives up head-first slides after concussion scare

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Kris Bryant left Sunday’s game due to dizziness following a hard, head-first slide into second base, but was later cleared of having a concussion and rejoined the Cubs’ lineup Monday.

However, the scare has convinced Bryant to cease sliding head-first, as he explained to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago:

I only have one head. I only have one life so there’s nothing really to joke about. I’ve always slid head first but I’ve made some pretty good strides in sliding feet first. Sometimes it’s hard to think on the run.

(I thought about titling this post “Breaking: Kris Bryant admits ‘I only have one life’ but decided to wait until noon to be a doofus on the internet if possible.)

No longer sliding head-first seems like a tough thing to simply decide to change, because as Bryant points out it’s based on repetition and instincts on some level, so we’ll see how he fares.

At the plate Bryant has sunk into a prolonged slump, hitting just .149 with two homers and a .564 OPS in 25 games since his two-homer, six-RBI game against the Marlins on July 4. Of course, even with that slump dragging down Bryant’s overall numbers his .791 OPS is damn good for a 23-year-old rookie.

Video: Kurt Suzuki breaks World Series Game 2 tie with long solo homer

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The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.

Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.

The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.

Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.