CLEVELAND -- Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta was in full command of the baseball diamond for five innings, and as such, kept the Cleveland Indians’ bats silent on the way a 5-1 win in Game 2 of the 2016 World Series from Progressive Field Wednesday night.
Despite allowing three walks, Arrieta threw 5.2 innings of no-hit baseball before giving up two hits to the Indians and being relieved of duty in the bottom of the sixth. Arrieta surrendered only one earned run and struck out six hitters while pitching the Cubs to a 1-1 tie in the World Series.
Arrieta then turned the game over to the bullpen, and Chicago’s relievers tossed 3.1 innings of two-hit baseball.
Conversely, Indians starter Trevor Bauer lasted just 3.2 innings despite limiting the Cubs to two earned runs after allowing six hits and two walks. The Indians’ bullpen surrendered three hits and six walks over 5.1 innings of work.
The Cubs went scoreless through the first game of the 2016 World Series, but they quickly halted that scoring drought early in Game 2.
With one out and the count even at 2-2, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant roped a single through a gap in the Indians’ middle infield defense and into right-center field.
Then, first baseman Anthony Rizzo fouled off three straight pitches and left one outside of the strike zone before swinging through and driving a throw from Bauer to the wall in right field. Bryant left at the crack of the bat and scored all the way from first base to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead before Cleveland got its first trip to the plate.
Bauer got two quick outs in the top of the third inning, but the heart of the Cubs’ batting order got to him for a run and stretched their lead to 2-0.
The Cubs were down to their final strike after center fielder Dexter Fowler and Bryant grounded out to second and lined out to shortstop respectively, Rizzo fought his way to a walk after being down in the count, 0-2.
Then, left fielder Ben Zobrist singled Rizzo into scoring position when he slapped a 1-1 pitch from Bauer into center field.
Designated hitter Kyle Schwarber delivered the run-producing hit when he smacked a 3-0 pitch into center field and drove in Rizzo for the Cubs’ second run of the game.
The Cubs did not need the long ball to do damage to the Indians’ bullpen. Rather, the Cubs strung together timely hitting and plated three runs on the way to a 5-0 lead after the top of the fifth inning.
Rizzo got the inning going when after fouling off four straight pitches, he drew a walk from Indians reliever Zach McAllister. Then, Zobrist crushed a triple to the right-field corner. Lonnie Chisenhall stumbled while tracking down the ball along the warning track, which cost them any chance of throwing out the runner at home.
Schwarber fought his way out of an 0-2 hole against Indians reliever Bryan Shaw and hit an RBI single to center field. Schwarber advanced to second base on a wild pitch and third when catcher Willson Contreras reached on a fielding error charged to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis.
Schwarber came around to score when shortstop Addison Russell drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs.
The Indians finally reached base via the hit in the bottom of the sixth inning, and they did not waste their first scoring chance since the first trip to the plate.
Kipnis hustled his way to a double with one out, and then, after moving over to third base on a groundout to second from shortstop Francisco Lindor, he came in to score the Indians’ first run of the game on a wild pitch from Arrieta with first baseman Mike Napoli at the plate.
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