Cleveland Indians Lose Game Two of World Series
Written by Ian Kreider on October 27, 2016
Cubs Claw Their Way Back into Series
Written by: Ian Kreider
The Chicago Cubs came into Game Two of the World Series looking to put the embarrassing
Game One loss behind them, where the Cleveland Indians held the Cubs usually-potent offense
scoreless. The tables were turned Wednesday, as the Cubs pitching staff baffled Indians hitters
all night, en-route to a 5-1 Cubbies win.
Chicago opened up the scoring in the first, when Anthony Rizzo doubled in a run off Indians
starter Trevor Bauer. First inning runs were a problem all year for Bauer, and Wednesday’s game
was no different. The Cubs scored again in the third and then broke the game in fifth inning,
when they plated three runs to increase their lead to 5-0.
The Indians usually-prolific offensive attack was held to just four hits by the Cubs pitching
staff. Jake Arrieta had his best postseason start, as he held the Indians to two hits through
5 2/3 innings, while striking out six.
The Indians lone run was scored in the sixth inning, when Jason Kipnis crossed the plate on a
wild pitch. Cleveland’s pitching struggled all game, as they allowed nine hits and walked eight
on the evening. Bauer struggled from the first pitch, allowing six hits and two runs in 3
2/3 innings. Relievers Zach McAllister and Bryan Shaw combined to allow three runs in
the fifth. While the Indians bullpen held Chicago scoreless the rest of the game, the
Cubs had already hit cruise control.
Cleveland will be looking to slow down the Cubs offense trio of Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo
and Ben Zobrist. They combined to drive in in four of Chicago’s five runs in Game Two, with
Schwarber leading the way with two RBIs. Schwarber’s offense production has been especially
astonishing, as he only managed to play in two regular season games before going down with a
severe knee injury. He has gone 3-7 with two RBIs so far this postseason.
Wrigley Field will be electric this Friday, as the Cubs will be hosting their first World Series
game since 1945. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 EST.