In­di­ans blank Cubs 6-0 in World Series opener

Klu­ber sets World Series record

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The Cleve­land In­di­ans, lifted by the pitch­ing of Corey Klu­ber and slug­ging of Roberto Perez, spoiled the long-awaited re­turn to the World Series by the Chicago Cubs with a 6-0 spank­ing in Tues­day’s open­ing game.

Klu­ber be­came the first World Series pitcher to strike out eight of the first nine outs reg­is­tered, as he out­du­eled Jon Lester, while catcher Perez blasted a pair of homers to drive in four runs as Cleve­land claimed a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven.

Klu­ber gave up four hits in six-plus in­nings, strik­ing out nine with no walks to be­come only the third hurler to strike out nine with­out giv­ing up a run in a Fall Clas­sic opener after Car­di­nals’ Bob Gib­son (1968) and Yan­kees’ Al­lie Reynolds (1949).

“There’s that ex­tra level of ex­cite­ment, anx­i­ety but once you get out there and the game starts and you get in the flow it all dis­ap­pears,” said Klu­ber, who was pitch­ing in his first World Series game.

“You kind of get in your com­fort zone just play­ing the game.” With re­liev­ers An­drew Miller and Cody Allen fol­low­ing Klu­ber to the mound, In­di­ans pitch­ers reg­is­tered 15 strike­outs.

Hit­ting star Perez, who had only three homers in the reg­u­lar sea­son and said he felt com­fort­able at the plate, seemed even more en­thused by Klu­ber’s per­for­mance.

“It’s fun, he (Klu­ber) just at­tacked hit­ters,” Perez said. “We got ahead of hit­ters to­day. He’s been do­ing that the whole year. He’s our ace. Ev­ery time he steps on the mound I ex­pect big things from him.

The In­di­ans seized a lead they never re­lin­quished with a two-out, two-run rally in the first in­ning on two hits, in­clud­ing an RBI squib­bler, two walks and a run that crossed the plate thanks to a bases-loaded hit bats­man by Lester.

Cleve­land added an­other run the more con­ven­tional way on a line drive solo homer by Perez in the fourth, and a three-run blast in the eighth by the catcher fin­ished off the Cubs, mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance in the World Series in 71 years.

“I thought we came out ready to play. They pitched well,” said Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don. “The first in­ning, what hurt us was the walks, not even the drib­bler or the hit bat­ter. It was the walks prior to that re­ally hurt us.

“Then their nine-hole hit­ter Perez kicked us. He drove in four points to­day, so give him a lot of credit.”

Cleve­land, look­ing for their first Series crown in 68 years, took quick ad­van­tage of an un­usual pho­bia of Lester.

The left-han­der, who en­tered the game with a bril­liant World Series re­sume com­piled with the Red Sox, has the yips over throw­ing to first base to hold baserun­ners on.

Fran­cisco Lin­dor sin­gled with two outs in the first and with Lester re­luc­tant to throw over to hold him close, took a big lead and stole se­cond base with ease.

The In­di­ans sub­se­quently scored two runs were on their way. Game Two will be on Wed­nes­day in Cleve­land be­fore the Fall Clas­sic shifts to Chicago for Game Three to­mor­row. The Cubs will start Cy Young win­ner Jake Ar­ri­eta against Cleve­land’s Trevor Bauer, who left his last start after blood be­gan gush­ing from his pinky fin­ger that was in­jured while he was han­dling his drone.—- Reuters

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