Former Royals in the postseason: Cubs stay alive

The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945, winning Game 5 and forcing the series back to Cleveland.

The announcers kept talking about how you could not hit the ball out to left field because of the wind blowing in, but then Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez hit a home run quite a few rows back at Wrigley Field to give the Indians a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning.

2016-world-series-logoIndians starter Trevor Bauer was dealing early on, but then fell apart in the fourth. Kris Bryant, who has done NOTHING in the World Series, tied the game at 1-1 with a solo homer (his first RBI in the WS). On the very next pitch, Anthony Rizzo doubled. After falling behind 3-0 to former KC Royal Ben Zobrist, Zobrist singled to right field to put runners on the corners. Addison Russell, one of the struggling young Cubs hitters, followed with an RBI single to break the tie.

After a strikeout, Javy Baez delivered a perfect bunt single to load the bases for the retiring David Ross, who lofted a sac fly for a 3-1 Cubs lead.

The Indians cut the deficit to one run in the sixth. Rajai Davis singled and stole second base. With two outs, Francisco Lindor delivered an RBI single. The Indians stranded a runner on third base in both the fifth and eighth innings. They also stranded a runner at second base with less than two outs in the seventh (1-for-10 with runners in scoring position).

The Cubs pulled starter Jon Lester after six innings, going to right-hander Carl Edwards, Jr. He allowed a Mike Napoli single, but then got Carlos Santana to fly out. Manager Joe Maddon then went to closer Aroldis Chapman for the longest outing of his career.

Chapman got out of the 7th inning jam and then another in the eighth, striking out both Jason Kipnis and Lindor (who looked terrible in their at-bats).

In the ninth, Chapman had to face the middle of the Indians order. He induced a ground out from Napoli for out number one. Santana worked the count in his favor, but flied out to shallow left field. Ramirez, who was the first batter to face Chapman in the seventh, went up their swinging and struck out on three pitches to end the game.

 

Former Royal Coco Crisp pinch-hit in the sixth and grounded out.

 

The series now heads back to Cleveland for Game 6 on Tuesday night. The Indians will start Josh Tomlin on short rest, while the Cubs will countering with reigning CY Young award winner Jake Arrieta.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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