Sch­war­ber drives in 2, Ar­ri­eta solid; Se­ries now tied 1-1

Baltimore Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By Andy McCul­logh andy.mccul­lough@la­

Chicago evened things up in Game 2 of the World Se­ries, de­feat­ing the Cleve­land In­di­ans, 5-1. It took the In­di­ans 51⁄3 in­nings to get their first hit off Cubs starter Jake Ar­ri­eta, right, and Kyle Sch­war­ber had two hits and two RBIs. Chicago will host Game 3 Fri­day night at Wrigley Field.

CLEVE­LAND — The Cubs evened the World Se­ries as Kyle Sch­war­ber pro­vided two RBI sin­gles and his team­mates cap­i­tal­ized on a se­ries of mis­cues by the In­di­ans in a 5-1 vic­tory in Game 2 on Wed­nes­day night.

The Cubs hadn’t won a World Se­ries game since beat­ing the Tigers 8-7 in 1945 to force Game 7.

Sch­war­ber played only two games this sea­son be­fore tear­ing lig­a­ments in his knee in April. Ex­pected to miss the rest of the year, he was ac­ti­vated to serve as the des­ig­nated hit­ter for World Se­ries road games. Thus far he has lived up to his billing as one of the sport’s finest young hit­ters.

In a Game 1 de­feat, he smashed a dou­ble and walked. A day later, he helped keep the line mov­ing for an of­fense that woke up af­ter be­ing shut out Tues­day.

The fore­cast called for rain at about 10 p.m., so Ma­jor League Base­ball moved up the first pitch to 7:08 p.m., an hour ear­lier than usual. Nei­ther start­ing pitcher ap­peared hur­ried by the im­pend­ing weather. Both In­di­ans starter Trevor Bauer and Cubs starter Jake Ar­ri­eta op­er­ated at a tor­pid pace.

Bauer re­quired 87 pitches to ac­quire 11 outs. He gave up two runs be­fore leav­ing with two out in the fourth. Ar­ri­eta did not give up a hit un­til his 88th pitch of the game. That pitch, how­ever, was thrown in the sixth in­ning.

And the rain also cooper- ated by not ar­riv­ing un­til the bot­tom of the eighth.

Si­lenced in Game 1, the Cubs showed life in the first in­ning. A one-out sin­gle by Kris Bryant placed a run­ner aboard for An­thony Rizzo. He ripped a dou­ble into the right-field corner. In­di­ans out­fielder Lon­nie Chisen­hall de­cided to throw to sec­ond base rather than hit the cut­off man, which al­lowed Bryant to sneak around third for a run.

The Cubs pro­duced an- other run in the third. Rizzo sparked a two-out rally with a walk, cap­i­tal­iz­ing on Bauer’s in­abil­ity to lo­cate his fast­ball. Ben Zo­brist added a sin­gle. Bauer threw three balls in a row to Sch­war­ber, then fed him a fast­ball down the mid­dle. Sch­war­ber roped an RBI sin­gle up the mid­dle.

An­other mis­take by Chisen­hall in the field con­trib­uted to a Cubs flurry in the fifth. Af­ter a walk to Rizzo, Zo­brist pulled a ball into right. Chisen­hall slipped and fell as he raced for the ball. Rizzo scored, and Zo­brist re­ceived credit for an RBI triple.

Next up was Sch­war­ber facing re­liever Bryan Shaw. The In­di­ans shifted their in­field­ers to pre­vent Zo­brist from scor­ing on a ground ball. But that cre­ated a hole for Sch­war­ber, who threaded a sin­gle up the mid­dle for his sec­ond RBI and the Cubs’ fourth run.

Shaw lost his com­mand as the in­ning con­tin­ued. Af­ter Will­son Con­tr­eras reached on an er­ror by sec­ond base­man Ja­son Kip­nis, Shaw walked Jorge Soler and Ad­di­son Rus­sell. The free pass to Rus­sell forced in a run.

The In­di­ans pushed Ar­ri­eta out of the game in the sixth. Kip­nis recorded his team’s first hit with a dou­ble and scored soon af­ter on a wild pitch.


Kyle Sch­war­ber de­liv­ers an RBI sin­gle in the fifth in­ning as the Cubs beat the In­di­ans 5-1 to tie the World Se­ries 1-1.

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