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Game On: World Series Heads Back to Cleveland

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World Series  Headed Back to Cleveland


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The Cleveland Indians came into Game 5 looking to close out the World Series and crush the Wrigley Field faithful’s hopes of witnessing a victory on the historic field. In the Indians way was a battle tested veteran for the Cubs, Jon Lester.

Jon Lester for the Cubs and Trevor Bauer for the Indians each cruised through the first inning, but in the top of the 2nd inning the Indians would strike first. Jose Ramirez quieted the crowd on his line-drive home run to left field to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.

Trevor Bauer who started for the Indians on the mound would keep the Cubs bats quiet through three innings, but in the bottom of the  fourth inning the Chicago fans finally had something to cheer about.

Kris Bryant who has struggled throughout the World Series finally was able to do what he does best.  Bryant would send a Bauer fastball sailing into the left field seats to tie the game at 1-1.  Anthony Rizzo kept things rolling for the Cubs with a double off the right field wall.  On a 3-0 count Ben Zobrist lined a single to right to move Rizzo to third.

With runners on the corners Addison Russell hit a slow roller to third on a swinging bunt that would plate Rizzo and push the Cubs to a 2-1 lead.  Javier Baez surprised the Tribe with a perfect bunt to load the bases with one out in the inning.

David Ross, who was playing in his last career game at Wrigley Field, would step to the plate with the bases juiced.  Ross battled through his at bat and found a way to hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to left field to allow Zobrist to score and push the Cubs lead out to 3-1.  Bauer pitched his way out of the inning on a Jon Lester strikeout to send the game to the 5th inning.


The Indians did’nt take long to strike back in the 6th when Francisco Lindor singled in Rajai Davis who had doubled to lead off the inning.  Lester ended the Indians threat and ended the inning with the Cubs still holding a 3-2 lead.

Maddon made the move to replace Lester in the top of 7th with reliever Carl Edwards Jr..  Edwards retired the first batter to record the first out of the inning.  Mike Napoli followed with a single to left field and Joe Maddon then made a move that no one expected in the 7th inning.  He turned to his bull pen and his hard throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to close out the inning.

Chapman ran into a bit of trouble in the 8th after allowing a walk to Rajai Davis.  Davis would steal 2nd and 3rd base making him only the 5th player in World Series history to steal 3 bases in a single game.  However, Chapman would hold strong and keep the Indians off the  board as he finished the inning with a strikeout on Francisco Lindor.

In the Bottom of the 8th the Cubs would return the pressure to Reliever Cody Allen.  Jayson Heyward started things with a single up the middle with one out. Heyward would swipe 2nd before Baez would then strike out to record the 2nd out of the inning.  That would bring Aroldis Chapman to the plate versus Cody Allen.  Jayson Heyward stole 3rd before Chapman finally struck-out to end the inning.

Now Chapman stepped to the mound with a 3-2 lead and the Chicago Cubs hopes of sending the Series back to Cleveland for a Game 6 on his shoulders.

Chapman retired Mike Napoli on a ground out for out number 1 in the 9th.  Carlos Santana would fly out to Heyward in right and bring the fans to their feet in anticipation. Chapman would face Jose Ramirez and would finish it in typical Chapman fashion by firing three 100+ fastballs for a third out K to end the game.

For the first time in 25,955 days, the Chicago Cubs have won a game at Wrigley Field.

Jon Lester recorded the win while Trevor Bauer would record the loss.  On a night where Cubs fans were hungry for a World Series win and David Ross was playing in his final game at Wrigley Field, a win was the only outcome that seemed fitting for a franchise that has waited for 108 years.  In what has already been labeled as the most historic World Series ever we get to see more.  We will continue watching two teams battle for the 2016 World Series Championship.

The Party is on at least for tonight in Wrigleyville.

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The series now heads back to Cleveland where the Indians will try again to close out the series.  However, it won’t be an easy task as the Cubs send Jake Arrieta to the mound to face Indians starter Josh Tomlin in a game 6 matchup that is sure to be exciting.

Tune in Tuesday night at 8pm ET on Fox for World Series coverage of game 6 between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.