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Arguing strike call pays off for Kris Bryant with hit-by-pitch in ninth

Arguing strike call pays off for Kris Bryant with hit-by-pitch in ninth

Kris Bryant usually doesn't show much emotion, but the Cubs rookie third baseman made a point of letting home plate umpire Ryan Blakney know Monday that he was struck by a pitch Blakney originally ruled Bryant swung at for a third strike. Replays confirmed Bryant's contention, which allowed the Cubs to mount a ninth-inning rally before falling 2-1 to the Nationals. "I knew it hit me," Bryant said. "I felt it on my wrist. I usually don't say much, but that's an important situation. I'm a leadoff hitter trying to get on base. That's all I wanted to do. After an at-bat like that and you're battling, it's nice to have the replay work...

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