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Chicago Cubs Force World Series Game 7 with Offensive Explosion

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Cubs, Indians Headed to Game 7

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The Chicago Cubs have waited 108 years, the Cleveland Indians have waited 68 years, so what’s one more day really?  On Tuesday night the Cubs survived elimination once again and have forced a Game 7 matchup between Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks.  What more could you ask for in a World Series?

The Cubs wasted no time getting their bats rolling in Game 6.  In the top of the 1st inning, Kris Bryant got things started when Josh Tomlin hung a curve ball that Bryant sent sailing high and deep for a home run to left center field.  Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each followed with singles from Tomlin.  With runners on 1st and 2nd base, Addison Russell hit a routine fly ball to right center and center fielder Tyler Naquin and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall watched each other as the ball fell and drove in 2 more runs for the Cubs.  The Cubs would start the game off with a 3-0 lead.

Jake Arrieta cruised through the first 3 innings without giving up a hit and only allowing one base runner on a walk.  The Cubs were able to add a little separation to their lead in the top of the 3rd inning.  After Kyle Schwarber led off with a walk, Rizzo and Zobrist both singled to load the bases.  In stepped Addison Russell who had already drove in two runs in the first inning.  Terry Francona made a move to his bullpen and brought in relief pitcher Dan Otero to face Russell.  Russell would deliver the biggest blow of the night as he drove the ball over the centerfield wall for a Grand Slam allowing the Cubs to jump out to a 7-0 lead.

The Indians got one of those runs back in the Bottom of the 4th when Mike Napoli singled to centerfield to score Jason Kipnis who had started the inning with a double.  In the Bottom of the 5th inning Jason Kipnis would strike again.  Kipnis hit a line drive home run to left centerfield to bring the score to 7-2 Cubs.

The score remained the same until the 9th inning when Anthony Rizzo belted a 2 run home run to right field to extend the Cubs lead to 9-2.  The Indians tacked on one more run in the bottom of the 9th when Roberto Perez singled in Brandon Guyer.

On the night we witnessed some historical feats.

-Addison Russell tied the World Series record with 6 RBI in a single World Series game and became the second youngest player to hit a Grand Slam. (Mickey Mantle)

-Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant became the first 3-4 hitters to record 7+ hits in a single World Series game. (Rizzo-3-5 & Bryant-4-5)


We now turn to a Game 7 between these two teams that have waited so long for a World Series title.  As we enter the Game tonight the Indians will have gone 24,859 days since their last World Series title and the Cubs will have went 39,466 days.  However, when Game 7 ends one team will set their number back to zero.  Who will it be?  Who will handle the pressure the best?  Who will step up and be the star of Game 7?  No one knows for sure, but both fan bases believe it will be their team.

Tune in Wednesday night on Fox at 8:00pm ET to see who will end their World Series Draught and who will have to wait a little longer.

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