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Cubs' Kris Bryant playing game of percentages

CHICAGO -- One day after striking out four times in four trips to the plate, Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant was right back in the cleanup spot Sunday and salivating for another chance.

Showing the determination that has helped him to become a potential top power producer for an extended period, Bryant isn't afraid of repeating days like Saturday, using it as more of a challenge moving forward.

"It's baseball, man; it's baseball," Bryant said Sunday morning. "It happens all the time. Just play the game, man. It's a game. Have fun with it. I never look into a bad game too much. I realize why I'm playing this game."

Pitcher Mike Fiers was adept at changing speeds in Saturday's 6-1 Milwaukee Brewers victory, striking out 12 batters over six innings. While the Cubs are young and talented, Fiers exposed their youth in an impressive victory.

"It's understanding what these [opposing pitchers] are trying to do to you now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, when asked how coaches participate in the young players' adjustments moving forward. "It's not always about making a physical adjustment with your mechanics, it's about understanding what's going on and have them hopefully raise their level of awareness with all that. So it does, it takes time.

"It's not going to happen overnight. They're going to struggle at times, and they're going to get hot at times. Yesterday's pitcher was just a bad matchup for us and he exploited some things to his credit."

Indeed, the zero-hit, four-strikeout game has been far from a rarity for the Cubs as they start introducing their inexperienced, high-upside players into the mix. Fellow rookie Addison Russell already has a zero-hit, four-strikeout game and he has only been in the major leagues since April 21.

Last year, Javier Baez had three such games for the Cubs, while Arismendy Alcantara had one, according to information compiled by ESPN Stats ∓ Information.

"Twenty-four hours can make a huge difference in everybody's life and with anybody's baseball game," Maddon said. "If anything, I want guys how to realize how to turn the page, how to get to the next game, good or bad. It's incredible. That's the one thing I have learned, how much of a difference 24 hours can make. And if our guys can understand that and come out and treat this as a separate game, which it is, just learn from it and have a good game, you can come back and have yourself a good day."

Bryant is on board with that concept.

"Maybe I kind of got out of my approach a little bit," Bryant said. "It's a percentage game with me. I have games like that a certain amount of times. I expect to have another game like that sometime this year, but it's all about minimizing it and learning from it. This is a whole learning experience for me. Facing the Brewers for the first time, I kind of see how they're attacking me, so make my adjustments and see where I'm at."

Known for how power, Bryant still has yet to deliver a home run, but Maddon doesn't see that as an issue to this point.

"I'm sure that monkey coming off his back will help," Maddon said. "I don't necessarily see him trying too hard right now. I don't see that. For the most part, he has been accepting his walks and having good at-bats. If it really bothers him, I'm not seeing that but I think we can agree that the moment he does it, he will relax a little more."

Bryant did have 43 combined minor league home runs last year and three in seven games at Triple-A this year, before getting his call to join the major leagues. He has also hit the wall twice with long drives so that first blast is coming sooner rather than later.

"No, I can go all season without hitting a home run as long as we're winning games," Bryant offered. "Right now we're doing pretty good, so we'll see. I know the type of player I am and it's a percentage. I hit home runs and I'm just due. [Saturday] I was due for a bad game, so it happens."