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Arrieta Cruises, Cubs Come Back to Life

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Chicago Cubs Take Game 2

After a disappointing showing in Game 1 of the World Series, the Chicago Cubs bounced back in a big way.  With the Indians sending recently injured Trevor Bauer to the mound the Cubs would counter with last seasons Cy Young winner, Jake Arietta.

Cleveland–  The Cubs would show up for Game 2 ready to do what they are known best for.  They would be patient at the plate and drive in runs, while their starting pitcher held the opponent down.  The Cubs would strike first against the Indians in the top of the first inning.

With Kris Bryant on first base, Anthony Rizzo would hit a double to right field that would bring Bryant all the way from first and around to home to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

After Jake Arrieta cruised through the first two innings without allowing a hit, the Cubs would add-on another run compliments of the story of the World Series so far, Kyle Schwarber.  After an Anthony Rizzo walk and a Ben Zobrist single, Schwarber would send a 3-0 pitch into right field to drive in Rizzo and give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.  Indians Manager Terry Francona would remove his starter in the 3rd inning and bring in relief pitcher Zach McCallister who would get the Indians out of the inning.

Arrieta would continue to do his part by blanking the Indians in the 3rd and 4th innings again.  In the top of the 5th inning the young Cubs team would be at it again.  With one out Ben Zobrist would triple down the line to score Anthony Rizzo who had walked earlier, giving the Cubs a 3-0 lead.  Francona would make another call to the bullpen and bring in relief pitcher Brian Shaw to face Schwarber.  Schwarber would once again come through with an RBI single up the middle to push the lead to 4-0.  Rookie Wilson Contrares would reach on an error as he would leg it out to first and beat the throw from second baseman Jason Kipnis.  After a walk to Jorge Soler to load the bases, Addison Russell would draw a bases loaded walk to push across the Cubs 5th run of the game and end the 5th with a 5-0 lead.

Jake Arrieta would take his No-No into the 6th inning before giving up a double to Jason Kipnis.  Arrieta would end up leaving the game after Kipnis scored on a wild pitch in the 6th inning to make the score 5-1.  Arrieta’s 5 1/3 innings of no-hit  baseball is the longest in a World Series game since 1969.  Mike Montgomery would come in to relief for the Cubs and would pitch 2 innings of 2 hit and zero run baseball.  In the 8th inning Cubs Manager Joe Maddon would remove Montgomery and bring in the Cubs Fire-baller, Aroldis Chapman to close things out.

The Cubs and Indians now head to Chicago for a Friday evening matchup with a 1-1 tie in the best of 7 series.  On the mound for the Indians will be Josh Tomlin and for the Cubs they will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound.  Hendricks has a 1.65 Postseason ERA in 16 1/3 innings.  Tomlin however, has pitched very well for the Indians in the postseason.  He has only allowed 3 runs in 10 2/3 innings pitched.

Game 3 is set up to be a very big swing game after each team has claimed a win over the first two games of the World Series.  For the first time since 1945 Wrigley Field will get its moment in the Sun.

“It’s the finest venue there is in professional sports, and maybe in all of sports,” Joe Maddon said.  “Now, having a World Series to root for, it’s going to be incredibly special.”

Tune in Friday night at 8:00pm ET on Fox for coverage of Game 3 of the 2016 World Series.