While last night’s Game 5 was disappointing, there’s no reason to lose faith. Let’s clinch it in good ol’ Championship City.
Indians 3, Cubs 2
This time it was the Cubs bullpen who got to shine. Chicago got ahead, allowing them to go to closer Aroldis Chapman in the seventh inning to shut down any Tribe comeback dreams.
Trevor Bauer gave up three runs in the fourth inning, including a homer by Cubs slugger Kris Bryant.
The World Series now heads back to Cleveland and Progressive Field for Game 6 on Tuesday night.
Trevor Bauer believes he made only one miscue on a chilly Sunday night on the north side of the Windy City. From Zack Meisel:
"I executed a lot of pitches," Bauer said. "I threw the ball really well. I know you guys are going to write differently, but I pitched really well tonight."
He just couldn't push through that three-run fourth without a few hiccups.
It wasn't all his doing; surely, Addison Russell's infield single and Javy Baez's bunt base hit can't fall upon Bauer's shoulders.
But he still surrendered the Cubs' three runs. He still suffered his second loss in the series. He still had to explain how control of the game shifted hands during that forgettable frame.
The Cubs deployed Chapman like Francona has used Tribe's own relief ace all postseason.
I, along with about a zillion Tribe fans, was hoping Maddon pinch-hit for the Cubs closer.
Terry Pluto details why the Tribe is still in good shape to win the World Series.