Cubs roll, force de­ci­sive Game 7

Rus­sell’s 6 RBIs, Bryant HR send Series to fi­nale

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD SERIES - Andy McCul­lough

CLEVE­LAND — The fly ball be­tween In­di­ans out­field­ers Tyler Naquin and Lon­nie Chisen­hall looked harm­less. It turned out to be the ex­act op­po­site.

The duo mis­com­mu­ni­cated and al­lowed the ball to fall for a two-run dou­ble in the first in­ning of a 9-3 loss to the Cubs in Game 6 of the World Series. The gaffe opened the flood­gates for the Cubs, who forced Game 7 by win­ning their sec­ond in a row.

The dou­ble was cred­ited to short­stop Ad­di­son Rus­sell, who launched a grand slam two in­nings later to tie a World Series record with six RBIs. Jake Ar­ri­eta held the In­di­ans to two runs in 52⁄ in­nings and Aroldis Chap­man fol­lowed up his eight-out per­for­mance in Game 5 with a four-out col­lec­tion in the sev­enth and eighth.

The stage is set for In­di­ans ace Corey Klu­ber to duel with Cubs starter Kyle Hen­dricks on Wed­nes­day night at Pro­gres­sive Field.

A siz­able con­tin­gent of Cubs fans filled any gaps in the crowd. The group made it­self heard in the first in­ning, when In­di­ans starter Josh Tom­lin flipped an 0-2 curve­ball to Cubs third base­man Kris Bryant.

Through­out this series, the In­di­ans staff flum­moxed the Cubs with off­speed pitches, prey­ing on their ea­ger­ness to swing by in­duc­ing soft con­tact or whiffs. Nei­ther oc­curred here.

Bryant bashed a hanger over the el­e­vated wall in left. Tom­lin could not repli­cate the off­speed suc­cess he Cubs short­stop Ad­di­son Rus­sell is greeted by team­mates af­ter hit­ting a grand slam in the third in­ning of Game 6 Tues­day. ex­pe­ri­enced in Game 3, giv­ing up a sin­gle to first base­man An­thony Rizzo on a changeup and an­other sin­gle to out­fielder Ben Zo­brist on a curve­ball. Then Rus­sell came up, and the In­di­ans’ night un­rav­eled.

The ball that Rus­sell lifted into the out­field was rou­tine. It hung in the air in as Naquin and Chisen­hall ven­tured to­ward it. The two men crossed paths and the ball landed in be­tween them.

Rizzo scored eas­ily and Zo­brist plowed through catcher Roberto Perez, tag­ging him with a fore­arm to the head on the col­li­sion. The Cubs handed Ar­ri­eta a three-run lead as he took the mound.

The mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion by Chisen­hall and Tom­lin ob­scured a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the first in­ning: Tom­lin wasn’t fool­ing any­one. He also wouldn’t last much longer. The Cubs loaded the bases in the third with a walk to Kyle Sch­war­ber and sin­gles from Rizzo and Zo­brist.

Down­three runs, In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona did not want to con­cede de­feat, but he did not uti­lize any mem­ber of his lategame trio of An­drew Miller, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw. In­stead he went with sinker­baller Dan Otero to try and in­duce a dou­ble play against Rus­sell.

Rus­sell did not hit a ground ball, in­stead crush­ing a thigh-high sinker for his third homer of the post­sea­son. The l ead stretched to seven.

The In­di­ans tagged Ar­ri­eta for runs in the fourth and fifth. Sec­ond base­man Jason Kip­nis smacked a dou­ble in the fourth and scored on a sin­gle by first base­man Mike Napoli. An in­ning later, Kip­nis de­liv­ered a solo home run.

In the sev­enth, Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don dis­played some ur­gency. Af­ter two bat­ters reached, he sent Chap­man into the game. Chap­man forced short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor to ground out to end the in­ning.


Game 1: Game 2: Cubs 5, In­di­ans 1 Game 3: In­di­ans 1, Cubs 0 Game 4: In­di­ans 7, Cubs 2 Game 5: Cubs 3, In­di­ans 2 Game 6: Cubs 9, In­di­ans 3 Game 7: Cubs (Hen­dricks) at In­di­ans (Klu­ber), 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Fox

In­di­ans 6, Cubs 0

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