Zobrist makes them pay
With pinch-runner Albert Amora Jr. on second and one out in the 10th, the Indians elected to intentionally walk Anthony Rizzo. The decision backfired. Ben Zobrist lashed an opposite-field double to left off Bryan Shaw to score Amora and give the Cubs a 7-6 lead. Miguel Montero followed with an RBI single that gave Chicago some insurance. Zobrist’s game-winning hit helped him earn his second World Series ring. He also picked up one as a member of the Royals last year.
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Hendricks sharp, Kluber not so
Hendricks did just enough in his final start of an outstanding 2016 season. He gave up just one earned run and four hits, while striking out two and walking one in 4 2/3 innings. It intially was surprising to see Cubs manager Joe Maddon remove Hendricks from the game after the major league’s ERA leader threw just 63 pitches, 42 for strikes. Meanwhile, Indians starter Corey Kluber may have shown ill-effects of pitching on short rest for the second time in the series and the third time in the postseason. He gave up four runs and six hits in four innings. Wednesday marked the first time Kluber did not record a strikeout in a major league game.
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Running on fumes, Chapman wins
The tying two-home run Aroldis Chapman allowed to the Indians’ Rajai Davis in the eighth inning could have led to his unraveling. The Cubs were just four outs away from breaking a 108-year-old World Series drought. Manager Joe Maddon, however, elected to send Chapman back to the mound in the ninth. Despite losing some velocity, Chapman retired the Indians in order and picked up the win after the Cubs scored two runs in the 10th. Shaw gave up two runs and three hits in an inning before he was relieved by Trevor Bauer in the 10th.
LeBron James and the world champion Cavaliers were on hand again Wednesday night. With the Indians trailing in the eighth inning, J.R, Smith ripped off his shirt to help rally the fans. The Indians’ Rajai Davis hit the tying two-run home run moments later.
One title drought ends, another continues
It had been 39,466 days since the Cubs won their last World Series.
When the Indians wake up Thursday, their title drought will be at 24,680 days and counting.
A well-deserved off-season for two teams who may see a lot more of each other in October and November in the years to come.
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