One more: Cubs beat Indians, force Series to deciding Game 7


Game 7 is Wednesday in Cleveland, with first pitch scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. Now, he's a big reason the Cubs are one win from their first championship since 1908.

"It all comes down to Game 7", Russell said. Good luck with that, the Indians say.

Game Seven will be played in Cleveland on Wednesday with the Indians starting ace Corey Kluber, victor of two games already this series, against Chicago's Kyle Hendricks, the National League ERA leader.

Kluber could become the first pitcher to win three starts in a World Series since 1968, when Mickey Lolich did it for Detroit. I think (Wednesday) we're going to come into the clubhouse with a lot of confidence and a lot of energy. "It just doesn't happen".

Addison Russell tied a World Series record with six RBIs in the Cubs' 9-3 Game 6 win over the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night at Progressive Field, but didn't know what he accomplished until it was brought up to him in a postgame media session.

Maddon, who used Schwarber in that spot much of his three-month debut a year ago, said Schwarber's 3-for-7, two-walk performance as the designated hitter in Games 1 and 2 influenced the decision. Whoever takes home the trophy will become the first victor in franchise history.

"I would have never dreamed of getting these prices for baseball in Cleveland", said Mark Klang of Amazing Tickets, a ticket brokerage based in the city. Instead of ending the first inning trailing 1-0, the Indians fell behind, 3-0.

"In the regular season, crowd noise is not that loud", second baseman Kipnis explained. The right-hander, who was so effective in Game 3 at Wrigley Field, pitched on short rest for the second time in his career but wasn't the problem as much as his location.

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An Addison Russell grand slam in the third inning off Dan Otero - a reliever for the Indians facing his first batter after starter Josh Tomlin was pulled - helped put Chicago on equal footing with Cleveland, one win from a title. Kluber will have the chance to be No. 14 as he takes the mound on three days' rest for his second straight start. "He's always locked in".

While bullpen mate Andrew Miller has garnered much of the attention this postseason, Allen has been even more dominant during the World Series. "He's a pretty special player".

"There's a perception that it's easy for him because he's such an outlier", Miller said.

Cleveland's first run came in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Here's the thing: All that matters now is a little thing called Game 7. Lonnie got a good break, I got a break, it's just one of those deals.

He's saying that maybe the Indians wouldn't be in danger of blowing a 3-1 lead in the World Series if someone had just let him throw out a first pitch in Cleveland. "He's 22 years old, Gold Glove (finalist), hitting homers in the World Series".

Hendricks led the NL in ERA in 2016 and he didn't allow any runs in his Game 3 start last Friday, but his command was not as spectacular as it usually is - he allowed six hits, two walks and hit a batter in that game - and he only lasted four and a third innings. He has allowed five hits and struck out 15 in 11 1/3 innings - and said he'll be available out of the bullpen in Game 7 if needed.

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.