Um, I’m still in complete and utter awe of what I witnessed last night. Yes, I was there and, if you’ve been following me through these posts and mostly Twitter, you’ll know I’ve been to most of the playoff games and all the World Series games. Oh, and if you’re my kids reading this after you can, well, read, sorry I squandered your college fund on baseball tickets but it was worth it.
Addison Russell may well likely someday have a statue erected in front of Wrigley Field for his performance last night. It was that good. He finished the night with SIX RBI, including a huge grand slam in the top of the fourth inning. If you haven’t seen the video I shot last night, do yourself an enormous favor and click on the blue link above, it’s priceless.
The emotions running through my body right now are just so crazy. Starting with a first inning that felt like it was proceeding way too fast, as the first two Cubs batters – Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber – both went down quickly. In fact, just seven pitches into the inning there were two outs and two strikes on Kris Bryant. It was the perfect situation for the Indians, really, until Bryant swung at pitch number eight and drove it 433 feet into the stands.
A majestic home run that turned the inning from a dream into a nightmare for the Indians. After Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist both singled, the hero of the game, Wonder-kid, Addison Russell, came up and hit a double to right field that fell between two Indians outfielders almost like a hand from above was playing a role.
The Cubs scored three runs in the top of the first inning, before the Indians took one swing. It felt as close to something that was meant to be as you could expect something that was meant to be would feel.
Jake Arrieta pitched a great game and looked as dominant as he has all year. He surrendered only three hits and two runs, one a home run by Jason Kipnis. The bullpen carried the load the rest of the way, after Joe Maddon pulled Jake in the sixth inning after 102 pitches (Box Score).
Stats that matter
- Addison Russell, Wonder-Kid – 2-for-5, 1R, 6RBI, grand slam, double
- Kris Bryant broke the seal – 4-for-5, 2H, 1RBI, HR
- Anthony Rizzo Rizzo quietly had an incredible night too – 3-for-5, 3R, 2RBI, HR
- Jake Arrieta was stellar – 5.2IP, 2R, 3H, 3BB, 9Ks, HR allowed, 102 pitches
One. More. Win.
Game 7 of the World Series is at 7:08 PM CT. It’s Kyle Hendricks against Corey Kluber. Let’s do it.