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  • 02 Aug
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    Kris Bryants DNA.Long and lean, the son of a former minor leaguer was on almost
    everybodys All-America team in high school and college and validated that
    promise quickly by grabbing the National League Rookie of the Year trophy last
    season at 23. This season, Bryant is the favorite to add the NL MVP award to a
    growing collection of hardware.Thats what made his struggles from the start of
    this World Series -- an .071 batting average and a pair of throwing errors at
    third base in the same inning of Game 4 -- so confounding.Obviously, I havent
    been swinging the bat too great, Bryant said, so it was nice to get one to kind
    of help us all out.His fourth-inning home run off starter Trevor Bauer awakened
    a hibernating Cubs offense and helped deliver a 3-2 win Sunday night that sent
    the Series back to Cleveland for Game 6 on Tuesday with the Indians holding a
    suddenly slippery 3-2 edge.For all the things Bryant has soaked up about
    baseball, history is low on that list. So when he was asked whether the Cubs
    could join the short inventory of teams that came back from a 3-1 Series deficit
    to win, chances were good he couldnt name even one.That hardly dented his
    confidence.Why not us? Bryant asked, the hint of a smile creasing his lips. I
    feel like we play our best with our backs up against the wall. ... Hopefully we
    can get out there and win Game 6, because you never know what can happen in a
    Game 7.No, but with history as a guide, we can hazard a good guess about the
    challenge in climbing out of a 3-1 hole.Only five teams have turned the trick in
    a best-of-seven Series, the last one being the 1985 Kansas City Royals. The last
    team to do it winning twice on the road, as the Cubs will have to do, was the
    1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. Yet even those long odds arent likely to trouble
    Bryant.Were all about writing our own history, he said.He comes by that
    steeliness honestly. His father, Mike Bryant, kicked around the low minors in
    the Red Sox organization for two years, but got the education of a lifetime from
    no less an authority on hitting than Ted Williams. Retired by then, Williams was
    a roving instructor whose philosophy was soaked up by Mike Bryant and then
    distilled to a single phrase for his own sons: `Hit it hard, and hit it in the
    air.ddddddddddddBy age 12, Kris had already mastered both skills. Hes been
    refining them ever since.Cubs manager Joe Maddon knew the Indians staff, which
    relied heavily on breaking pitches to keep Bryant off balance, wouldnt get away
    with the tactic much longer.I like the fact that he wasnt just swinging at
    anything, Maddon said. Thats what we all have to be able to do. Thats the kind
    of thing that could get him rolling.It certainly did that for the hitters behind
    Bryant. Anthony Rizzo followed the fourth-inning homer with a long double, and
    three of the next four hitters chipped in with singles. Just as important, that
    kind of discipline at the plate is the centerpiece of Maddons strategy. By
    grouping his best hitters -- Bryant usually bats second, followed by Rizzo and
    lately by Ben Zobrist -- Maddon forces opposing pitchers to throw them
    strikes.When anyone in that grouping starts swinging at bad pitches -- as the
    Cubs did consistently throughout the first four games -- the chain reaction
    extends all the way down the lineup. The shift to Cleveland will allow Maddon to
    re-insert slugger Kyle Schwarber to the mix as the designated hitter, which
    effectively lengthens the most dangerous stretch of the order.The lineup again
    is always about protection ... and being able to utilize Schwarber, all of a
    sudden, those games get a little bit longer and a little bit thicker, Maddon
    said.Whether its confidence or simply youth, the suspense is what Bryant and the
    rest of these young Cubs thrive on.This team is a special one, and we look at so
    many times throughout the year where we havent been playing good, but I feel
    like we turn that around, he said.Someone told me today that 17 times this year
    we lost a game and went on to win three in a row, Bryant added a moment later.
    So why cant we do that now?Why not indeed?---Jim Litke is a sports columnist for
    The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at) and . ' ' '