It all came down to one final game. Game seven of the World Series. What every baseball fan dreams about, the biggest stage in all of baseball. This is what it all comes down to and tonight history was made. There was so many smaller storylines surrounding one giant story. The battle of NL and AL Cy Young candidates, the probable NL MVP, two of the top managers in baseball, and on top, all the history for both teams. Over 150 years combined without a World Series victory between the two teams. One of the longest droughts in history ended tonight. The Cleveland Indians hosted the Chicago Cubs for the Championship. The Chicago Cubs make history as they win.
Chicago Cubs Make History
Cubs Respond to Indians Run
The Cubs took an early lead in the game, with Dexter Fowler hitting a lead-off home run. It took Cleveland just two innings to tie the game at one. However, the Cubs responded easily as they scored two runs in the top of the fourth. From their they never turned back.
These three runs they scored early were huge in this game. They scored off Cleveland ace Corey Kluber. Kluber had dominated the Cubs in game one of the series. He came back on three days’ rest and beat Cubs in game four. The Cubs finally got to Kluber the third time around, as he came off three days’ rest again.
The Indians also scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 5-3. The Cubs responded yet again, this time off Andrew Miller. David Ross gave the Cubs a 6-3 lead after hitting a solo homerun.
Kyle Hendricks Pitches Well
Hendricks was the starter in the biggest game of his career. The pressure was immense surrounding the game, but he was able to keep his cool. Hendricks advanced the Cubs on an amazing outing in game six to beat the Dodgers in the NLCS. He came back and didn’t give up a run in game three and led the Cubs to another playoff win.
Hendricks pitched four and two thirds innings. He gave up four hits and just a single run. His outing looked worse due to a couple of Cubs errors early in the game. When it comes down to it, he pitched a great game.
Cubs Beat the Indians Best
The Cubs had to face both the dominant Kluber and Miller in this game, and they successfully hit them. They put four runs up on Kluber in his four innings pitched. The Cubs hit the ball hard against him, collecting six hits. They took him deep twice and didn’t strike out against the guy who had eight strikeouts through three innings in game one.
Miller came in to relieve Kluber in the fifth. He pitched two and a third innings and gave up four hits and two runs. Miller had been dominating the entire playoffs and the Cubs were able to hit him when it counted the most.
Cubs Use Late Heroics
The Cubs had to overcome the odds just one final time. They gave up a three run lead in the eighth inning, with two-thirds of the lead disappearing on a two-run shot by Rajai Davis. After a rain delay in extras, they pushed a run across in the 10th inning on a Ben Zobrist single. Miguel Montero plated another run with a single of his own, and the Cubs went on to win the game 8-7.
History is Made
The Chicago Cubs have won their first World Series since 1908. There was a ton of history and excitement surrounding these two teams. The Indians took a three games to one lead, and needed just one win as they headed back to Cleveland. The Cubs were able to overcome all odds and win three straight games. This may go down as one of the best series in the history of the sport.