Corey Kluber showed no ill effects from pitching on short rest, allowing just one run in six innings. And unlike in Game 3, the offense gave the bullpen more than enough support. Carlos Santana, who was starting at first base, went deep in the second inning, and Jason Kipnis put the game out of reach with a three-run homer in the seventh. Even Corey Kluber was involved in the offense, as his infield base hit led to a throwing error and a run.
Indians/World Series News
With the World Series not having played at Wrigley Field in 71 years, just about every run or hit is going to be the first in a long time, but this nugget is pretty cool:
And no, that wasn't the home run that later would became famous for Ruth's supposed "called shot;" this one came earlier in the game. Still, to be the first since Babe Ruth to do something is pretty darn cool.
And our own Jason has another one regarding Carlos Santana's 3-hit night:
Indians with 3 hits including a HR in a World Series game: Elmer Smith (G5, 1920), Matt Williams (G4, 1997), Carlos Santana (G4, 2016)— Jason Lukehart (@JasonLukehart) October 30, 2016
I remember Williams' game. Smith's great day was a bit before my time.
And why not get Francisco Lindor involved:
Francisco Lindor (22) is the youngest player to have 6+ hits in a World Series since Edgar Renteria (21) had 9 in the '97 Fall Classic.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) October 30, 2016
On second thought, forget I posted this...
I hope so, for tonight is the last game they'll play in October, one way or the other. Games 6 and 7 would be played on November 1 and 2.
Make no mistake though; there is still a tough road ahead for the Indians. The Cubs have Lester, Arrieta and Hendricks penciled in for the remainder of the series, all on full rest, while the Indians' three pitchers will be going on short rest. Trevor Bauer, who struggled in Game 2, will be pitching tonight; let's hope that he does pitch better on short rest than he did with a lengthy one.
Also, there's a good chance that the Indians send out the same lineup for Game 5 that they did for Game 3, with Carlos Santana in left and Mike Napoli at first. Let's hope that this time the pitcher's spot doesn't come up at the wrong time in the middle innings.
John Sickels makes an educated guess about the rest of Danny Salazar's career.
I'll let Han Solo have the last word: