Schwarber! Schwarber! Schwarber! Cubs Tie Series 1-1

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Joe Buck may have possibly made people sick of Kyle Schwarber. While it’s a great comeback story, we don’t need to hear it every ten seconds Joe. Game 1 was bad, but last night, it was given a violent shove into overkill. Coming off a dominant Game 1, the Indians were seemingly in the driver’s seat. They were at home and all the momentum was on their side…at least for a few pitches. Trevor Bauer was on the hill for Game 2, which was his first outing since the pinky debacle in Toronto. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning then, and only made it 3.2 innings last night. Bauer had horrible command all night, regardless of the cold weather. His curveball wasn’t working and his fastball was flat. The Cubs won 5-1 to tie the Series 1-1. They only scored two runs off him, but they were patient and waited him until they got their pitch.

Anthony Rizzo (1-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI) got the party started in the first by doubling down the right field line, which drove in Kris Bryant (1-5, K). The Cubs scored again in the third on a….(sigh)….Schwarber single. The single came on a 3-0 fastball belt-high down the middle of the plate. The Joe Buck crush finished 2-4 with 2 RBI. His other RBI came the 3-run fifth inning which was capped off by a Ben Zobrist (2-4, 3B, RBI) triple. Addison Russel drove in a run in that inning as well and finished 1-4.

While the Cubs’ offense was clicking, Jake Arrieta was about as dominant as they can be. Although he lasted just 5.2 innings, the reigning Cy Young winner had a perfect game through five before Jason Kipnis (1-4, 2B, R) lined a two out double into right center. He eventually made his way to third and scored on a wild pitch. Mike Napoli laced a two out single up the middle and Arrieta was then pulled. Much like Corey Kluber the night before, Arrieta had tremendous control and movement on his pitches and struck out six hitters, walked three and only allowed two hits and one run. The last time a perfect game was thrown in the World Series was in 1956 by Don Larsen. His 5.2 no-hit bid was the longest since Jerry Koosman for the 1969 Mets.  He helped the Cubs win their first World Series game since Game 6 in the 1945 Fall Classic. Arrieta has thrown two no-hitters in the past two seasons, including the only one in the league this season.

The Sporting News AL Manager of the Year Terry Francona fell to 9-1 in the World Series. The Indians played a horrible mental game. Everything last night, from pitching to hitting, was just a “between the ears” problem. As Tito said after the game, “We gave up nine hits, eight walks, two errors, and we only gave up five runs. For us to win, we generally need to play a clean game, and we didn’t do that.” Tito also stated that he plans to use Kluber in Game 4. It is also rumored that Carlos Santana will be playing left field while in Chicago.

The Series now shifts to the “Windy City”, and Wrigley Field (one of my favorite MLB stadiums) will host its first World Series game since Game 3 in 1945. That was the game in which the “Curse if the Billy Goat” started when tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave with his pet goat Murphy. Game three will feature Josh Tomlin (2-0, 2.53 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (1-1,1.65 ERA). Not only will it be an emotional night for Cubs fans, Tomlin will have an emotion filled outing as well. If you didn’t already know, his father suffered an arteriovenous malformation (a tangle of blood vessels on his spinal cord) in August while at work. Although he is paralyzed from the chest down, he will be there to see his son pitch in the World Series.

Tomlin was brilliant in his last start against Toronto, going 5.2 innings and allowing just one run with six strikeouts and two walks. Hendricks was lights out in his last outing against the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, going 7.1 innings, allowing no walks or runs while striking out six.

There is no need to panic yet. The Cubs didn’t win 103 games by accident. They’re a very good ball club, but so are the Indians. Tito just needs to make sure that his boys are ready mentally for what will be an important trip into a very hostile environment.

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Raymond Bosak About Raymond Bosak

Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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