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Cubs Outlast Indians, 8-7

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:

-Shakespeare((A man once attributed with the following quote “I would not have had to have written so many tragedies if baseball existed in my day)).

For the Indians November 2, 2016 would be a tragedy.

In the most anticipated World Series Game of the past quarter century there was music in the air and history in the making. The National Anthem was led by the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra.

The world’s most dramatic theater, baseball, commenced.

With a 1-2 count in the top of the first, leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler went yard.

Hendricks escaped some hard contact and an error. With Game 7 moving to the second inning 1-0 Cubs.

Jose Ramirez led off the bottom of the second with a hit only to be caught hanging off first base. Indians fans were rightfully unhappy.

But many felt that Ramirez was caught because of a balk.

A single by Chisenhall was followed by a ground ball double play from Davis. Hendricks continually dodging the outcomes of solid contact.

As the Indians moved to the bottom of the 3rd, the momentum continued to swing hither and thither.

After a leadoff double from postseason mercenary Coco Crisp, Roberto Perez was tasked with bunting, moving Crisp to third successfully.

Carlos Santana came through with a “clutch” one out single to tie the Game 7 at 1.

A chopper from Kipnis drew a play at second, a bobble by Baez and a review left the Indians with runners on first and second with one out.

Hendricks avoided more injury with hard hit outs to left field and third from Lindor and Napoli respectively.

Bryant reached on a single, Rizzo on a HBP and Zobrist hit a chopper, butchered by Mike Napoli with the Indians barely escaping with 1 out, runners on first and third.

Russell then hit a sac fly and Davis hesitated giving the Cubs a 2-1 lead.

Indians veterans Napoli and Davis wilted early under the lights and costing the Indians two runs.

Kluber ran out of filth with his defense collapsing behind him. Wilson Contreras doubled to center on an awful route by Rajai Davis for a 3-1 lead.

Francona chose to stick with Kluber who was not missing any bats and paid the price with Javier Baez taking Kluber out of the yard to right center, making it 4-1 Cubs.

Rizzo doubled in Bryant against Andrew Miller and the arms that carried the Indians so far finally showed cracks. 

However, the Indians would bounce back quickly fighting their way back into the game. Santana would walk, Kipnis reaching on error with two outs. With Santana and Kipnis on second third, Lester spiked a pitch and Ross struggled to find the baseball allowing both Santana and a brilliantly aggressive Jason Kipnis to score. 

Tribe Twitter awakened.

The Cubs led the Indians 5-3 after five innings.

David Ross would take the once unbreakable Andrew Miller deep to extend the Cubs lead to 6-3.

Napoli, in an offensive and defensive slump since early August waved his twig and struck out once again to lead off the Indians half of the 6th.

Experiencing the seventh was intense, looking back it was monotonous as the score remained 6-3 Cubs. 

A side note to the game but an issue for Major League Baseball optics nonetheless, Aroldis Chapman entered in the 8th with his domestic violence being irrelevant to coverage.

In the 8th, Brandon Guyer doubled home Jose Ramirez with an absolutely exceptional at bat against Aroldis Chapman, the tying run came to the plate in Rajai Davis.

Out of nowhere, Rajai Davis had the most important at bat of his career, taking Chapman deep to tie Game 7 at 6.

Cody Allen returned for the 9th inning walking the leadoff hitter David Ross but inducing a force out at second base. In entered Bryan Shaw.

With Heyward stealing, Yan Gomes threw a one hopper to Jason Kipnis, Kipnis could not keep the ball in front of him and Heyward reached third base with one out. Twitter was rightfully frustrated. 

Baez struck out attempting to safety squeeze.

Lindor then covered what felt like most of North America, ranging into center field, throwing out Dexter Fowler to take the Indians to the 9th inning with a score of 6-6.

With Game 7 on the line, Indians fans could not wait to get their shirts off.

Aroldis Chapman staved off a velocity drop to send Game 7 to extra innings.

Game 7 was then delayed before beginning the 10th inning.

After walking Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist punished the Indians for an opposite field RBI double. Montero followed with an RBI single of his own and the Cubs moved closer World Series Title.

The bullpen usage was interesting late in Cleveland.

Fortunately for the Indians, Trevor Bauer did a phenomenal job escaping a bases loaded jam. The Cubs led 8-6 going to the bottom of the 10th.

Napoli continued his quest for free agency, whiffing at another fastball. 1 out.

Ramirez grounded out to shortstop. 2 out.

Brandon Guyer walked, bringing Rajai Davis to the plate.

Guyer would advance to second on indifference.

Rajai Davis delivered an RBI single to center field. 8-7 Cubs.

Leaving the game in the hands of Michael Martinez, unfortunately, not a great big league hitter.

Bryant to Rizzo, Cubs are World Series Champions!

The Indians rode Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, and  Bryan Shaw to Game 7 of the World Series against the best team in baseball in the past five years. Unfortunately, each pitcher broke down in the most intense outing of their big league career. The Indians had an unforgettable season while missing a former MVP candidate, Michael Brantley, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. For Indians fans it is hard not to be proud of this Indians team, for baseball fans it is hard not to be happy for this Cubs team.

  1. (Jesse Spector []