Arrieta deals, Cubs awaken, top Indians to even Series at 1

Posted October 29, 2016

Game 4 will start at 7 p.m. Saturday in Chicago. I really think when it's all said and done, this gives us a better chance to win than not or I wouldn't have done it. But fans will probably have to spend at least $2,000 for even the worst seats. It's been a long time. Yoenis Cespedes was the last Tiger player to win it, just a year ago. Santana has hit just.143 (5-for-35) with two home runs, two RBIs, four walks, and eight strikeouts. After stifling two unsafe lineups in Boston and Toronto during the AL playoffs, Cleveland shut down a hard-hitting Cubs team that scored 23 runs against the Dodgers in the final three games of the NLCS.

The Cubs and Indians split the first two games in Cleveland.

Scoring in the first inning and holding the lead throughout was the key to the victory, but that was briefly in doubt, as for the second night in a row, the Cubs' starting pitcher got the first two outs of the first inning and then walked the next two batters.

Cleveland had two base runners in the seventh and one in the eighth but Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery struck out four and Cuban closer Aroldis Chapman entered in the eighth to finish off the victory. "My guess is we're going to see Schwarber in left field, even though most baseball people and most medical people would say, "Don't do it.'" said Lester Munson, ESPN senior writer".

As in Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs slugger who captured the team's postseason home-run record last season in his rookie year but missed nearly the entire 2016 season after blowing out his left knee in April.

Arrieta didn't have his best stuff. His missed the plate badly on quite a few pitches. "I get that there are enterprising business owners around here, it's a little - not for me", Collinger said.

The Cubs have an outstanding pitching staff, and Game 2 demonstrated the Indians will need as much offense as they can muster. But they proved every bit as unhittable.

"Baseball's a insane game", Schwarber said.

They hope to do it three more times. Here's Murray singing during the 2004 Cubs home opener. And in respect to the part about the pinch hitting, it's fine.

Starter Trevor Bauer's pinkie finger managed to keep from gushing copious amounts of blood all over the place, but he was erratic, as he tends to be at times.

Here's the Cubs' lineup, which again has Jason Heyward on the bench. At the time, it cost $250,000 to build, but it wasn't originally for the Cubs.

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Facing a 3-0 pitch from Bauer, slugger Kyle Schwarber was given the green light and drilled a single to center to score Rizzo and double Chicago's advantage.

Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber was followed by fans with cameras and cellphones. And on an uncommonly warm 63-degree Friday night with the wind blowing out to left and center at 14 miles per hour, Wrigleyville was the meeting grounds for fans who long imagined a day like this, part hope, part pipe-dream. But he fought his way back and was activated on Tuesday.

Hendricks threw 85 pitches in 41/3 innings, allowing six hits, two walks and striking out six.

"It's insane", Zobrist said.

If the switch-hitter can just avoid big-time errors, it would be a huge benefit to have his bat in the lineup. You don't get shut out. "To come back and contribute the way he has is remarkable". I don't know that anybody else in the league could do that.

Zobrist has proven himself a special player, too, especially in postseason.

On Wednesday in Game 2, more Schwarber, more production, and more reasons to talk about the 235-pounder's unnatural, natural feel for hitting, something, as the cliche goes, no one can teach.

The Cubs scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning after Cubs reliever Zach McAllister walked Rizzo and then gave up a triple by Ben Zobrist. He added later: "He just has some things to work out, honestly, from the offensive side with his swing".

Featuring that wicked slider, Indians reliever Andrew Miller has struck out the top three batters in Chicago's lineup during a ideal sixth inning.

Using the name World Series to determine the champion of a league consisting of 29 teams from the United States and one from Canada may strike some as American hubris, but the term these days is actually quite accurate.