Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Kyle Schwarber had a pair of RBIs as the Cubs handed the Indians a 5-1 loss at Progressive Field on Wednesday night to even the World Series at a game apiece. The Series now heads to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Friday night, the first World Series game at the Friendly Confines since 1945. With the win, the Cubs are guaranteed to host their full allotment of three games.
His pinkie intact this time, Indians starter Trevor Bauer fared better in World Series Game 2 than he had in the American League Championship Series. But he nonetheless could not make it out of the fourth inning against the Cubs, needing 87 pitches to record 11 outs.
After being shut out in Game 1 of the World Series, the Cubs’ duo of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo struck first against the Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday at Progressive Field.
With rain in the forecast for northeastern Ohio on Wednesday night, Major League Baseball has bumped up the scheduled first pitch of Game 2 of the World Series to 7 p.m. ET, one hour earlier than the original start.
Indians catcher Roberto Perez fired a rocket shot into the left-field seats at Progressive Field on Tuesday night, causing uproar among Tribe faithful with a solo home run against Cubs ace Jon Lester in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the World Series, Perez’s second of this postseason.
Ace Corey Kluber and catcher Roberto Perez saw to it that history is now on the Indians’ side. In a 6-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, Kluber sliced his way through Chicago’s lineup in a vintage performance, and Perez launched a pair of home runs.
Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber came up empty in his first big league at-bat since April, striking out against Indians ace Corey Kluber in the second inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Progressive Field came blazing to life during the first inning of World Series Game 1 on Tuesday, when the Indians took advantage of Jon Lester’s shakiness to take a 2-0 lead over the Cubs.
As the Cubs kick off their first World Series game in 71 years, here’s a look around the division at some of the teams that will be chasing them next season… Scott Schebler appears to have the inside track on the Reds’ right field job next year, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com writes. The 26-year-old bounced back after some early struggles and showed enough promise to think he’s deserving of a larger opportunity. Acquired in last winter’s Todd Frazier trade, Schebler hit .265/.330/.432 in 282 plate appearances with the Reds, tallying nine homers and a dozen doubles in that limited exposure. MLBTR’s Jason Martinez looked at the subject in his recent piece previewing the Cincinnati offseason, suggesting that the organization give him a shot while also looking to bring in some competition. Top prospect Jesse Winker could eventually push for a corner outfield spot in the Majors as well, although the 23-year-old’s power numbers dipped in Triple-A this season. The Pirates are set to name Joey Cora as their new third base coach, reports Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror (Twitter link). Cora managed Pittsburgh’s Double-A affiliate in Altoona this season and has several years of experience as a Major League bench coach and third base coach. He’ll replace Rick Sofield, who served as Pittsburgh’s third base coach from 2013-16 but was fired over the weekend, according to a club announcement.
Kyle Schwarber will be with the Cubs for the World Series and will serve as the designated hitter for Game 1, according to manager Joe Maddon.