Indians beat Cubs in Game 3, Cleveland leading World Series 2-1
Cody Allen struck out Javier Baez with two runners in scoring position for the final out, and the Cleveland Indians held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 for a 2-1 lead in the World Series.
It was the first Series game at Wrigley Field in Chicago since 1945.
Cleveland pitched its fifth shutout of this postseason.
Indians closer Cody Allen has struck out Kris Bryant with a runner on, and Cleveland has a 1-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs heading into the ninth inning of Game 3.
Bryan Shaw got five outs for the Indians, riding the latest stingy performance by their stellar bullpen.
Allen is 5 for 5 in save chances this postseason. He has tossed nine scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts and three walks.
Bryan Shaw has worked a scoreless seventh inning out of the bullpen to preserve Cleveland’s 1-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in Game 3.
Actor and comedian Bill Murray led the crowd in a rousing version of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Murray, a huge Cubs fan, reminded the crowd of 41,703 that it was the last chance to buy beer, and then said they were there to win games rather than drink. He also said he was going to sing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” as the cartoon character Daffy Duck.
Cleveland has broken through in the seventh inning of Game 3, taking a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Coco Crisp off reliever Carl Edwards Jr.
Roberto Perez, the light-hitting catcher who homered twice in Game 1, got things started with a leadoff single. Pinch-runner Michael Martinez advanced on Tyler Naquin’s sacrifice and went to third on a wild pitch.
After a walk to Rajai Davis, Crisp batted for reliever Andrew Miller and singled to right field. The Indians might have had a good chance for more, but Davis was thrown out at third by Jorge Soler.
Featuring that wicked slider, Indians reliever Andrew Miller has struck out the top three batters in Chicago’s lineup during a perfect sixth inning. Game 3 is still scoreless.
Andrew Miller is on for the Indians after replacing starter Josh Tomlin with a runner on second and two outs in the fifth inning.
The left-hander retired pinch-hitter Miguel Montero on a line drive to right field.
Both starting pitchers are out of the game.
The Cubs escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when reliever Justin Grimm got Francisco Lindor to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Grimm entered after Kyle Hendricks plunked Jason Kipnis with a pitch. The right-hander went after Lindor with breaking balls and got ahead 0-2. The count ran full before Lindor grounded a curve to second base.
Grimm gave a huge fist pump and shouted along with first baseman Anthony Rizzo at a roaring Wrigley Field after the Cubs turned two to keep Game 3 scoreless.
Hendricks gave up six hits and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings. He gave Grimm a big hug back in the dugout.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin has allowed only one hit through four innings, and Game 3 is still scoreless.
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks threw a called third strike past Roberto Perez with runners at the corners to end the top of the fourth.
Hendricks made a fine defensive play earlier in the inning to prevent Cleveland from scoring. Runners were at first and second when Chicago tried to turn a 3-6-1 double play. The relay to first bounced in the dirt as Hendricks was running over to cover the bag, but he picked it clean.
That kept Francisco Lindor at third base. Lindor, who has singled twice, is 5 for 9 in the Series (.556).
The Cubs honored former Buffalo Bills coach and World War II veteran Marv Levy during Game 3 as part of their military appreciation program.
The 91-year-old Levy was greeted with loud cheers when he was introduced during the fourth inning.
Levy, a Chicago native, coached the Bills to four straight Super Bowls from 1991-94. He was on furlough from the Army Air Corps when he attended the previous World Series game at Wrigley Field in 1945.
Three innings in the books and Game 3 between the Indians and Cubs remains scoreless.
Cleveland had an excellent opportunity to jump ahead in the first inning after Jason Kipnis reached on a one-out infield single and went to third on Francisco Lindor’s single to left-center.
Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks, however, picked off Lindor at first base. Lindor initially was called safe, but the ruling was overturned after a replay challenge by the Cubs.
Mike Napoli struck out to end the inning.
Both starting pitchers in control on a windy night at Wrigley Field, hosting its first World Series game since 1945.
Game 3 between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians is underway.
Carlos Santana swung and missed at a cutter from Kyle Hendricks on the first pitch of the night and struck out swinging on four pitches.
The Cubs and Indians split the first two games in Cleveland. This is the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since Hall of Fame slugger Hank Greenberg helped the Detroit Tigers to a 9-3 victory in Game 7 on October 10, 1945.