Ar­ri­eta, Sch­war­ber lead Cubs past In­di­ans

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tom Withers

CLEVELAND >> Jake Ar­ri­eta made a teas­ing try at his­tory, Kyle Sch­war­ber drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the World Series with their first Fall Clas­sic win in 71 years, 5-1 over the Cleveland In­di­ans in Game 2 on Wed­nes­day night.

Ar­ri­eta car­ried a no-hit­ter into the sixth in­ning, briefly in­vok­ing Don Larsen’s name, be­fore the In­di­ans touched him for two hits and a run. How­ever, the right-han­der helped give Chicago just what it needed — a split at Pro­gres­sive Field — be­fore the Cub­bies re­turn to their Wrigley Field den for the next three games start­ing Fri­day night.

The Cubs hadn’t won in the Series since beat­ing Detroit 8-7 in 1945 to force Game 7.

The free-swing­ing Sch­war­ber, who made it back for Chicago’s lon­gawaited Series re­turn af­ter missing most of the sea­son with an in­jured left knee, hit an RBI sin­gle in the third off Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer and had another in the Cubs’ three-run fifth — high­lighted by Ben Zo­brist’s run-scor­ing triple.

Even the pres­ence of star LeBron James and the NBA cham­pion Cava­liers, sport­ing their new rings, couldn’t stop the In­di­ans from los­ing for the first time in six home games this post­sea­son.

And Cleveland man­ager Terry Fran­cona’s mag­i­cal touch in Oc­to­ber fi­nally fiz­zled as he dropped to 9-1 in Series games.

With rain in the fore­cast, Ma­jor League Base­ball moved the first pitch up an hour in hopes of avoid­ing de­lays or a post­pone­ment.

It turned out to be a good call as the game went on with­out a hitch and ended af­ter more than four hours as light rain was be­gin­ning to fall.

Ar­ri­eta and the Cubs pro­vided the only storm.

The bearded 30-year-old coasted through five in­nings with­out al­low­ing a hit, the first pitcher to get that deep in a Series game with a no-hit­ter since David Cone of the New York Yan­kees in 1998.

For a brief pe­riod, Ar­ri­eta looked as if he might chal­lenge Larsen’s gem — a per­fect game — in 1956 be­fore In­di­ans sec­ond base­man Ja­son Kip­nis, a die-hard Cubs fan as a kid, dou­bled with one out in the sixth .

Be­fore that, Cleveland hit­ters had a cou­ple good swings, and drew three walks, but couldn’t mount a real threat. Ar­ri­eta has two ca­reer no-hit­ters, in fact, in­clud­ing the only one in the ma­jors this year.

Cubs lefty Mike Mont­gomery re­placed Ar­ri­eta and worked two score­less in­nings be­fore Aroldis Chap­man came in and un­leashed his 103 mph heat while get­ting the last four outs.

The teams will have an off day be­fore the series re­sumes with Game 3 at Wrigley, which will host its first Series game since Oct. 6, 1945, when tav­ern owner Billy Sia­nis was asked to leave with his pet goat, Murphy, and a curse was born.

Josh Tom­lin will start for the In­di­ans, who will lose the des­ig­nated hit­ter in the NL ball­park, against Kyle Hen­dricks.

Sch­war­ber might also wind up on the bench af­ter two days as the DH.

With a ga­me­time tem­per­a­ture of 43, the weather was more fit­ting for the Browns and Bears to bang heads than the boys of sum­mer.

The Cubs were the ones who came up thump­ing af­ter be­ing blanked 6-0 in Game 1 by Corey Klu­ber and Cleveland’s shut-down bullpen.

Zo­brist’s one-out triple trig­gered the fifth as the Cubs opened a 5-0 lead, not that Ar­ri­eta needed it.

Af­ter An­thony Rizzo walked following a 10-pitch at-bat, Zo­brist laced a ball off Zach McAl­lis­ter that was go­ing to be a dou­ble un­til right fielder Lon­nie Chisen­hall slipped and fell. Rizzo was waved around and Zo­brist hus­tled into third.

Sch­war­ber fol­lowed with his sec­ond RBI and re­liever Bryan Shawn later walked No. 9 hit­ter Ad­di­son Rus­sell with the bases loaded.

Unlike his start in Toronto on Oct. 17, when his stitched cut opened up and Bauer was forced to make a bloody de­par­ture in the first in­ning, his fin­ger held up fine.

The Cubs, though, put a few nicks in him in 3 2/3 in­nings.

The drone ac­ci­dent has brought at­ten­tion to the quirky Bauer, and one Chicago fan tried to rat­tle the right-han­der by send­ing a smaller ver­sion of the re­mote-con­trolled, fly­ing ob­ject that cut him.

Bauer posted a photo of it on Twit­ter, say­ing “I see the (at)Cubs fans love me! How nice of them to send me a gift!”

The Cubs, who were off bal­ance from the start against Klu­ber, scored their first run in a Series game since ‘45 in the first on Rizzo’s RBI dou­ble .

Bauer needed 51 pitches to get through two in­nings, and he was one strike from get­ting out of the third un­scathed when Chicago turned a walk and to sin­gles into a 2-0 lead.

Up Next

Cubs: Hen­dricks is com­ing off his bril­liant per­for­mance in Game 5 of the NLCS when he pitched twohit ball for seven in­nings as the Cubs clinched their first pen­nant in 71 years. The right-han­der went 16-8 dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son with a league-lead­ing 2.13 ERA.

In­di­ans: It will be an emo­tional night for Tom­lin, who will pitch on 12 day’s rest with his ail­ing fa­ther, Jerry, in at­ten­dance. The el­der Tom­lin be­came stricken with a spinal con­di­tion in August, when Tom­lin was strug­gling on the mound. The right-han­der more than re­cov­ered and res­cued Cleveland’s ro­ta­tion in the post­sea­son, win­ning both starts.


Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zo­brist triples in a run in the fifth in­ning of Game 2 of the Wrold Series against the Cleveland In­di­ans on Thurs­day.

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