Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sports: MLB (World Series)


The final series of the postseason with only two teams left, the World Series is between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Both teams have done well this year though the Cubs are highly favored in this matchup. Since the American League won the All-Star game, Cleveland starts at home.
                     
Game 1: For the Indians, Corey Kluber will begin on the mound and his counterpart for the Cubs will be Jon Lester. The Indians loaded the bases in the bottom of the 1st and scored on Jose Ramirez blooper infield single. They added another run when Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch to lead the 2-0. In the bottom of the 4th, Roberto Perez homered to put the Tribe up by 3. Roberto Perez homered for a second time in the bottom of the 8th to put the Indians up by 6 runs. Cleveland went on to take game one with a shutout
Game 2: Jake Arrieta started game two for the Cubs while Trevor Bauer pitched for the Indians. Not to be shut out again, Anthony Rizzo doubled in the top of the 1st to put the Cubs up 1-0. Kyle Schwarber singled in the top of the 3rd driving in another run. Still working with a no-hitter, the Cubs rallied in the top of the 5th. Ben Zobrist tripled, Schwarber singled again, and Addison Russell walked to put Chicago up 5-0. The Indians got one run back in the bottom of the 6th with a wild pitch and Jason Kipnis scoring from third. That would be the only score and the Chicago Cubs tied the series with a 5-1 win. 
Game 3: Kyle Hendricks started on the mound for the Cubs against Josh Tomlin for the Indians. The game remained scoreless for six innings. In the top of the 7th Coc Crisp singled and Michael Martinez scored. That was the only run scored. The Cleveland Indians take the lead in the series 2-1.
Game 4: Looking to tie, the Cubs started John Lackey while the Indians brought back out Corey Kluber for his second game of the series. Chicago struck first with a single from Anthony Rizzo. Cleveland responded when Carlos Santan homers and Kluber singled to put the Indians up 2-1. The Indians added to their lead in the top of the 3rd with a single from Francisco Lindor. Another run in the top of the 6th from Lonnie Chisenhall's sacrifice fly. Jason Kipnis broke the game wide open in the top of the 7th with a three-run home run. The Cubs scored another run off of Dexter Fowler's solo home run but it wasn't enough. The Cleveland Indians won their third game 7-2,  lead the series 3-1 and are one game away from being the champions.
Game 5: Fighting for survival, the Cubs start Jon Lester against the Indians and Trevor Bauer. Jose Ramirez homered in the top of the 2nd to put the Indians up by a run. Kris Bryant responded with a home run in the bottom of the 4th to tie the game. The Cubs continued to rally in the inning with Addison Russell hitting a single and David Ross hitting a sacrifice fly to lead 3-1. The Indians got one run back off a single from Francisco Lindor. The score remained 3-2 and the Cubs made the series 3-2.
Game 6: For what could be the final game, Josh Tomlin started for the Indians while Jake Arrieta started for the Cubs. Chicago started early with a home run from Kris Bryant in the top of the 1st. Addison Russell doubled in the 1st to put the Cbus up 3-0. Russell hit a grand slam in the third and the Cubs led 7-0. The Indians got one back in the 4th when Mike Napoli singled and another in the 5th when Jason Kipnis homered. Anthony Rizzo added to the blowout with a home run in the 9th. Roberto Perez singled in one more run but it was not enough. The Cubs tied the series with a 9-3 win and force a final game seven.
Game 7: Corey Kluber started for the Indians facing off against Kyle Hendrick for the Cubs. Kluber let up a home run to Dexter Fowler as the lead off of the game so the Cubs led 1-0 early. Carlos Santana tied the game with a single in the bottom of the 3rd for Cleveland. The Cubs took the lead with a  rally in the 4th, Addison Russell singled and Wilson Contreras doubled. A home run from Javier Baez in the top of the 5th put the Cubs up 4-1. Anthony Rizzo singled in the fifth run in the 5th for the Cubs. The Indians began a comeback with a wild pitch that scored two runs to make it 5-3. The Cubs padded their lead with David Ross's home run in his final game as a pro baseball player. In the bottom of the 8th Brandon Guyer double in a run to make it 6-4 and Rajai Davis homered to tie the game. At 6-6, the game went into extra innings and a rain delay made Game 7 even longer. In the top of the 10th with tensions high, Ben Zobrist doubled in and run and Miguel Montero singled in another to put the Cubs 8-6. The Indians tried to rally back when Rajai Davis singled in yet another run but the Indians lost 8-7. The Cubs won the World Series for the first time in over a century.

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