In­di­ans blank Cubs in Se­ries’ re­turn to Wrigley

Baltimore Sun - - FRONT PAGE - Andy McCul­lough Andy.mccul­lough@la­

For the sec­ond time in four days, Cleveland pitch­ers hold Chicago score­less, giv­ing the In­di­ans a 2-1 ad­van­tage in the World Se­ries.

Cody Allen es­caped a ninth-in­ning jam and the Cleveland In­di­ans pitched their fifth shutout this post­sea­son, hold­ing off the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, Fri­day night for a 2-1 lead as the World Se­ries re­turned to Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945.

The Cubs put run­ners on sec­ond and third with two outs in the ninth be­fore Allen struck out Javier Baez to end the game.

Pinch-hit­ter Coco Crisp hit an RBI sin­gle in the sev­enth for the lone run.

The Cubs have been blanked four times in the past eight games this post­sea­son.

CHICAGO — This city waited 71 years for the World Se­ries to re­turn to Wrigley Field.

It will have to wait an­other day, at the ear­li­est, to see the Cubs score a run in a Se­ries game at home.

For the sec­ond time in four days, the In­di­ans tossed a shutout, this one a 1-0 Game 3 vic­tory that gave them a 2-1 edge in the se­ries. Pinch hit­ter Coco Crisp hit the go-ahead RBI sin­gle for Cleveland in the sev­enth and In­di­ans re­liev­ers recorded the last 13 outs.

And the team can sit pretty, know­ing ace Corey Klu­ber will start for them in Game 4 on Satur­day.

The con­di­tions ap­peared idyl­lic for hit­ters — the tem­per­a­ture sat in the low 60s and a south­ern wind blew across the park at 14 mph upon the first pitch. Yet the two teams traded ze­ros.

Both start­ing pitch­ers ben­e­fited from the ex­pan­sive strike zone of um­pire John Hirschbeck. Will­ing to call strikes on the lower edge of the plate’s outer half, Hirschbeck al­lowed Kyle Hen­dricks and Josh Tom­lin to rush through the first four in­nings.

Hen­dricks hit a wall in the fifth. He gave up a lead­off sin­gle to out­fielder Tyler Naquin. After a sac­ri­fice by Tom­lin, Hen­dricks walked Car­los San­tana and drilled Ja­son Kip­nis with a fast­ball, which loaded the bases and forced Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don to open up his bullpen.

Mad­don chose righthanded re­liever Justin Grimm to face Fran­cisco Lin­dor, the In­di­ans’ slick­field­ing short­stop and No. 3 hit­ter. Grimm showed lit­tle in­ter­est in giv­ing Lin­dor a fast­ball. He flung five curve­balls and Lin­dor pounded the last to­ward Cubs sec­ond base­man Javier Baez, who started an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble play.

Tom­lin could not fin­ish the fifth ei­ther. A lead­off sin­gle by out­fielder Jorge Soler sup­plied some pres­sure. Tom­lin re­sponded with a pair of outs, but as Mad­don sent catcher Miguel Mon­tero to pinch hit In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona coun­tered with left-handed relief ace An­drew Miller. Mon­tero lined out to tan­talize the crowd.

The ball­park fell si­lent in the sev­enth in­ning as the In­di­ans broke through.

Roberto Perez, the twohomer hero from Game 1, sin­gled off Cubs re­liever Carl Ed­wards Jr. After a bunt, wild pitch and walk to Ra­jai Davis, there were run­ners at the cor­ners with no one out.

It was Miller’s turn to bat after he was dou­ble-switched into the game in the place of San­tana, the lead­off hit­ter. Fran­cona chose Crisp to hit for Miller. Ed­wards had been er­ratic, but Mad­don stuck with him. Crisp pulled a fast­ball into right to put his team ahead with an RBI sin­gle.

The Cubs re­ceived a gift in the sev­enth. Soler lofted a two-out fly ball down the right-field line that con­verted in­fielder Lon­nie Chisen­hall mis­played. Soler gal­loped into third.

The ball­park lit up at the gaffe, but the op­ti­mism did not last long. Bryan Shaw, an­other mem­ber of Fran­cona’s vaunted bullpen, missed Baez’s bar­rel with a 2-0 cut­ter and Baez hit a harm­less ground to strand Soler.


Cleveland short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor and out­fielder Ra­jai Davis cel­e­brate the win at Wrigley Field.


Javier Baez walks to­ward the dugout after strik­ing out to end Game 3 of the World Se­ries Fri­day night at Wrigley Field.

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