Chicago Cubs favored over Cleveland, Corey Kluber in Game 7
Nov 02 2016 by Marjorie Miles
In the fifth, Jason Kipnis got ahead of Arrieta 3-0 and then lined a 3-1 pitch the opposite way and into the seats.
To begin with, Maddon hastily yanked starter Jake Arrieta, a guy who's won 40 games over the last two regular seasons, with two outs in the sixth inning and the Cubs holding a five-run lead on the Cleveland Indians. But that cut became deeper with back-to-back singles after the Bryant home run. The 22-year-old knocked in six of Chicago's nine runs.
I know the crowd will be nervous, especially following the losses in Games 5 and 6.
The Indians are on the board but still trail 7-1.
Cleveland's first run came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Veteran Mike Napoli is 9-for-47 (.191) in the playoffs with one home run and four walks.
Addison Russell dealt the Indians the knockout punch. Addison Russell's grand slam was Chicago's big hit of the night. I'm ready for (Game 7) 100 percent.
Tomlin, who allowed the second-most homers in Major League Baseball during the regular season (36), gave up a solo homer to Bryant on an 0-2 pitch in the first inning, but was tagged for two more hits and two runs after a miscommunication between Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall in the outfield allowed a routine Russell fly ball to drop with two outs.
Kluber was the 2014 American League Cy Young Award victor, so he's not unknown, but his performance on baseball's biggest stage could reach historic levels Wednesday as the Cubs and Indians meet for the deciding Game 7 at Progressive Field.
According to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat, a team hasn't come back from 3-1 down and won a World Series on the road since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.
The Cubs' offense had sputtered thus far in the World Series, particularly the heart of the lineup.
Arrieta received the best run support of any National League pitcher this season. That was the start of a bad run.
Cleveland's starter Josh Tomlin had a talented bullpen to help him starting in the middle of the game.
With Chicago again facing elimination on Tuesday, they brought in end-game weapon Aroldis Chapman in the seventh inning to shut down the Indians and the fireballing closer registered four outs after throwing a season high 2 2/3 innings on Sunday. He left after five innings with the Indians trailing 2-1 in a 5-1 defeat, then threw 88 pitches over six innings as Clevleand beat the Cubs 6-0 last Tuesday in the Series opener.
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Both teams are 0-2 in Game 7s.
Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist lined singles before Russell slapped a pop fly that center-fielder Tyler Naquin and right-fielder Lonnie Chisenhall allowed to drop between them in a communication lapse.
With Robinson, 95, the final link to the Indians' glory days watching from a private box at a seething Progressive Field, Cleveland were unable to close the circle with a World Series win of their own, falling 9-3 to the Chicago Cubs to set up a Game Seven winner-take-all showdown on Wednesday.
"With these two teams, why wouldn't it come down to a Game 7, " Cubs pitcher Jon Lester said. "You've got two really, really good pitchers, and it will be exciting".
Even after the game, the sequence of what happened was unclear.
"I never connected those dots at that point in time", he said.
Joe Maddon wants the Cleveland Indians to pitch to slugger Kyle Schwarber.
The Cubs will hand the ball to Kyle Hendricks, a 26-year-old Cy Young contender by way of Dartmouth College.
Two more runs scored for a 3-0 lead, Zobrist after he barreled into catcher Roberto Perez, who was in the base path without the ball. He had only one plate appearance in Chicago as a pinch hitter because he hasn't been cleared to play defense following surgery on his left knee.
"Yeah, tonight was a tough night", he said.
Kris Bryant had 4 hits.
Russell was the most recent November star, but another shortstop, the Yankees' captain, was the first.