On a cold night in Cleveland, with a misty rain falling, the Chicago Cubs managed to shift the momentum in the World Series behind an outstanding outing by Jake Arrieta (Box Score). It was a huge performance by Arrieta, holding the Indians hitless through 5 1/3 innings. And for one of the most important games in the Cubs’ season, not to mention their entire history, Jake was Jake. Dominant.
The Cubs broke through on offense, against Indians’ right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer, in the first inning when Kris Bryant singled and was driven in on a double that was roped into the right field corner by Anthony Rizzo. The roar from the Cubs fans in attendance was incredible.
The Cubs would manage to drive in one more run in the top of the third inning when Kyle Schwarber, who’s making Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon look like mad geniuses, drove in his first World Series RBI. That made the game 2-0, which at the time felt like it could be enough with Jake throwing the ball the way he was.
Leading up to the fifth inning the Cubs had managed to get hits in every inning, but still had only two runs to show for it. That would change quickly when the Cubs batted through the order in the fifth, scoring three runs on a Ben Zobrist RBI triple, a Kyle Schwarber RBI single, and a bases loaded Addison Russell walk. That put the Cubs up 5-0 and suddenly, on a cold, damp night, the Cubs had a commanding lead that they would not relinquish.
— MLB (@MLB) October 27, 2016
Stats that matter
- Bold, strong performance by Jake Arrieta – 5.2IP, 1R, 2H, 3BB, 6Ks
- Mike Montgomery has been a huge contributor for the Cubs out of the bullpen this postseason – 2.0IP, 2H, 1BB, 4Ks
- Aroldis Chapman did exactly what he was brought to Chicago to do – 1.1IP, 1BB, 2Ks
- Ben Zobrist is having an unbelievable series so far and he did it again tonight – 2-for-4, 1R, 1RBI, 1BB, 3B
- I’m pretty sure that Kyle Schwarber is super-human – 2-for-4, 1R, 2RBI, 1BB
- Anthony Rizzo had another huge night – 1-for-3, 2R, 1RBI, 2BB, 2B
That was a HUGE win for the boys in blue. Let’s admit it, there’s a massive difference between coming home with the series tied 1-1 and being down 0-2. Massive. This win tonight showed to the world what this team has been doing all season long. They’re resilient, always pressuring style just thumped an Indians team, not to mention their fan-base, who’d been riding high while feeling invincible after only dropping one game in the postseason.
The series now shifts back to Wrigley Field where the crowd will be rocking and one of the best pitchers in baseball, Mr. Kyle Hendricks, will take the ball in game three with a chance to go up 2 games to 1. All eyes will be on Chicago on Friday. Game time is 7:08 PM CT on FOX.