Cubs beat Indians 5-1 to tie Series at 1-all
CLEVELAND — The latest on the World Series (all times Eastern):
Game 3 is Friday night, when the Series returns to Wrigley Field in Chicago for the first time since 1945.
Rain began to fall in the bottom of the eighth inning, with the Chicago Cubs leading the Cleveland Indians 5-1 in Game 2.
As the game approached the four-hour mark on a cool night with a first-pitch temperature of 43 degrees, the teams played on. Fans exposed to the rain stood at Progressive Field, where a sellout crowd of 38,172 was on hand.
Under baseball’s rules, postseason games cannot be rain-shortened and must be played to the end at the same ballpark where they started, even if weather causes a suspension and play must be completed at a later date.
Heading into the eighth inning, the Chicago Cubs still lead the Cleveland Indians 5-1 in Game 2.
Throwing a heavy dose of curveballs, Cubs lefty reliever Mike Montgomery struck out three right-handed batters in the seventh. He fanned the first two, then gave up a single and a walk before whiffing Carlos Santana to end the inning.
The Cleveland Indians have finally broken through for a hit against Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta in Game 2.
Jason Kipnis, who grew up a huge Cubs fan outside Chicago, laced a clean line drive up the middle and hustled to second for a double with one out in the sixth inning, the Indians’ first hit of the night.
Kipnis moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Mike Napoli followed with a sharp single to left field.
That was it for Arrieta as the Cubs went to the bullpen, bringing in left-hander Mike Montgomery. Arrieta struck out six and walked three in 5 2/3 innings. He threw 98 pitches.
Montgomery retired Jose Ramirez to end the inning and keep the Cubs in front 5-1 as they tried to even the Series at one game apiece.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta hasn’t allowed a hit to the Cleveland Indians through five innings in Game 2.
Arrieta has walked three, but the closest a Cleveland batter has come to a hit are a pair of fly balls to the warning track.
Arrieta, who tossed a no-hitter in each of the past two seasons, has struck out six and thrown 79 pitches.
The only no-hitter in World Series history was Don Larsen’s perfect game for the New York Yankees in 1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5.
Arrieta’s teammates have given him plenty of breathing room by staking him to a 5-0 lead.
The Chicago Cubs have opened a 5-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning of Game 2.
Anthony Rizzo drew a 10-pitch walk from Zack McAllister and scored when Ben Zobrist followed with a one-out triple into the right-field corner.
Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall slipped while chasing the ball, allowing Rizzo to score pretty easily. It was Zobrist’s fifth hit in seven Series at-bats.
Kyle Schwarber singled off Bryan Shaw through a drawn-in infield for his second RBI single of the game. After an error by second baseman Jason Kipnis, the Cubs added another run when Shaw walked Addison Russell with the bases loaded.
With the Cubs looking to even the Series at a game apiece, starter Jake Arrieta has not allowed a hit through four innings.
Who says Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer doesn’t have a sense of humor?
Bauer tweeted a picture before Game 2 that featured a small drone sent to him by a Chicago Cubs fan.
Bauer infamously cut the pinkie on his right (pitching) hand while tinkering with a drone before the AL Championship Series. The Indians pushed back his start to Game 3 in Toronto, but Bauer was removed in the first inning when his stitched-up finger started dripping blood.
His pinkie appeared to be in much better shape Wednesday night. And while Bauer has grown tired of talking about the mishap, he seems to be OK with some good-natured ribbing from fans.
The drone came with a note that read, “Hi Trevor, Go Cubs Go.”
Bauer’s finger made it through three innings without bleeding, but the Cubs took a 2-0 lead as they tried to even the Series at a game apiece.
The right-hander was lifted with two outs in the fourth. He threw 87 pitches and gave up six hits.
The Chicago Cubs have extended their lead to 2-0 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on Kyle Schwarber’s RBI single in the third inning.
Anthony Rizzo walked with two outs and went to second on Ben Zobrist’s single before Schwarber singled on a 3-0 pitch from Indians starter Trevor Bauer.
The Chicago Cubs have scored their first World Series run in 71 years.
Anthony Rizzo doubled home Kris Bryant with one out in the first inning to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead over Cleveland and starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in Game 2 on Wednesday night. It’s the first run the Cubs have scored in the Fall Classic since the eighth inning of a 9-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Game 7 of the 1945 World Series.
After getting beat 6-0 in Game 1, the Cubs wasted little time getting to Bauer. The right-hander needed 29 pitches to get through the first inning, though the right pinkie he hurt while working on a drone this month wasn’t bleeding. Bauer had to leave his previous start during the AL playoffs in the first inning because the wound opened.