The first World Series win at Wrigley Field since Game 6 of the 1945 Series.
Jon Lester got things started by striking out the side. Lester had two quick outs in the 2nd, but gave up a home run to Jose Ramirez to give the Indians the lead in the top of the 2nd 1-0. Lester was solid after that, giving up two runs with an early lead. On the opposing side, Trevor Bauer had great stuff going into the 4th inning. The ball was moving a lot in the strike zone, but the Cubs’ offense got their bats going in the bottom of the 4th with a Kris Bryant home run then Anthony Rizzo doubled to follow it up. After that, the Cubs’ bats got hot in that inning. Francisco Lindor kept his bat scorching with a RBI single with 2 outs. Joe Maddon took Lester out to bring in Carl Edwards Jr. for the 7th inning and he gave up a single and a long fly-out. Maddon said enough is enough and brought in the closer Aroldis Chapman with Mike Napoli on second. Maddon made the right call there. Chapman got out of the inning with a strike out and a groundout. Chapman with another jam in the top of the 8th with a runner on third, 2 outs and Lindor at the plate but he got the job done again with a strike out to end the inning. Chapman came up big for this Cubs’ bullpen allowing no runs since the 7th inning. In the 9th, he was terrific with a 1-2-3 punch and tells the Indians, see you in Cleveland.
Up Next: Game 6 will be Jake Arrieta vs. Josh Tomlin. Tomlin will be on 3 days’ rest. The Cubs should have the advantage there.
Cubs News: Kyle Schwarber will be back in the lineup to DH. Josh Tomlin hasn’t faced Schwarber yet.