Cubs are mov­ing on to Novem­ber

Chap­man de­liv­ers 8-out save to keep their dream alive

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD SERIES - By Andy McCul­lough

CHICAGO — To stave off elim­i­na­tion from the World Se­ries, the Cubs re­lied upon their two most re­li­able pitch­ers, Jon Lester and Aroldis Chap­man, in a 3-2 vic­tory over the In­di­ans in Game 5 on Sun­day night. The Cubs forced Game 6 to be played on Tues­day evening at Cleve­land’s Pro­gres­sive Field.

Lester pro­vided six in­nings of two-run base­ball. Chap­man se­cured the fi­nal eight outs of the game, op­er­at­ing well out­side his usual three-out stay.

The In­di­ans struck first. Third base­man Jose Ramirez stung an 0-1 fast­ball at the thighs and pow­ered the pitch into the bleach­ers. From left field, Ben Zo­brist turned and watched the base­ball dis­ap­pear.

The run loomed large be­sides the ob­vi­ous rea­son. At no point this post­sea­son had the In­di­ans se­cured a lead and then lost a game. Through the first three in­nings, starter Trevor Bauer gave up a sin­gle and struck out five, freez­ing the Cubs with the move­ment of his two-seam fast­ball.

The sinkers stopped sink­ing in the fourth. Cubs third base­man Kris Bryant bat­tered a fast­ball at the belt for a game-ty­ing homer to start the in­ning. On the next pitch, first base­man An­thony Rizzo made a dou­ble dis­ap­pear in the ivy. When Zo­brist smoked an­other heater into right field for a sin­gle, the Cubs had run­ners at the cor­ners.

A bit of good for­tune helped the club. Ad­di­son Rus­sell, the Cubs short­stop, Cubs third base­man Kris Bryant is con­grat­u­lated by An­thony Rizzo af­ter Bryant’s lead­off homer tied it in the fourth in­ning. col­lected an in­field sin­gle on a swing­ing bunt. The ball drib­bled to­ward third base, grant­ing Rizzo enough time to scoot home.

Up came sec­ond base­man Javier Baez. Baez was bat­ting .111 for the se­ries when he de­cided to bunt. His place­ment was pris­tine, and he loaded the bases. A sac­ri­fice fly by catcher David Ross added to the lead. Bauer lasted four in­nings.

Lester started to crack in the sixth. A lead­off sin­gle by out­fielder Ra­jai Davis turned into a two-base play when Davis, ben­e­fit­ing from Lester’s in­abil­ity to throw to first base, stole sec­ond. Two bat­ters later, short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor cut the deficit to one with an RBI sin­gle.

Lin­dor hoped to swipe sec­ond too. But his lead did not al­low him enough space to off­set the arm strength of Ross be­hind the plate and the nim­ble­ness of Baez at the bag. Ross fired to­ward Baez, who dropped the tag in time for the third out.

Lester would not re­turn for the sev­enth. In­stead, Carl Ed­wards Jr., took his place. Ed­wards did not last long. He gave up a sin­gle to first base­man Mike Napoli and saw Napoli ad­vance on a passed ball by catcher Will­son Con­tr­eras, who had just re­placed Ross. Af­ter a fly­out by out­fielder Car­los San­tana, Mad­don turned to Chap­man.

Eight outs re­mained. Never be­fore had Chap­man recorded more than seven. But des­per­a­tion forced Chap­man out­side his zone of com­fort.

Chap­man an­swered the call. He hit a bat­ter in the sev­enth, but stranded both run­ners. Davis sin­gled and stole two bases in the eighth. But as Davis stood at third, Chap­man iced Lin­dor with a 102-mph fast­ball for a called third strike. All games on Fox Game 7 if nec­es­sary


Game 1: Game 2: Game 3: Game 4: Game 5: Game 6: Game 7:

In­di­ans 6, Cubs 0 Cubs 5, In­di­ans 1 In­di­ans 1, Cubs 0 In­di­ans 7, Cubs 2 Cubs 3, In­di­ans 2 Cubs (Ar­ri­eta) at In­di­ans (Tom­lin), 8 p.m. Tue. Cubs (Hen­dricks) at In­di­ans (Klu­ber), 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day

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