Chap­man, Cubs stop In­di­ans, cut deficit to 3-2

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ron­ald Blum

CHICAGO >> They have waited 108 years for a cham­pi­onship. So with this World Series on the verge of slip­ping away, the Chicago Cubs could not wait any longer.

Man­ager Joe Mad­don sum­moned closer Aroldis Chap­man from the bullpen in the sev­enth in­ning for the first eight-out save of his big league ca­reer, need­ing to hold off the Cleve­land In­di­ans in Game 5.

As ner­vous fans fret­ted at Wrigley Field, Chap­man fired his 100 mph heat and pre­served the Cubs’ 3-2 win Sun­day night, cut­ting Cleve­land’s lead to 3-2.

A white flag with a blue “W”

years for a cham­pi­onship. So with this World Series on the verge of slip­ping away, the Chicago Cubs could not wait any longer.

Man­ager Joe Mad­don sum­moned closer Aroldis Chap­man from the bullpen in the sev­enth in­ning for the first eight-out save of his big league ca­reer, need­ing to hold off the Cleve­land In­di­ans in Game 5.

As ner­vous fans fret­ted at Wrigley Field, Chap­man fired his 100 mph heat and pre­served the Cubs’ 3-2 win Sun­day night, cut­ting Cleve­land’s lead to 3-2.

A white flag with a blue “W” was raised atop Wrigley Field after a Series win for the first time since Oct. 8, 1945, a Game 6 win over Detroit. Fans stayed long after the fi­nal out and sang to “Sweet Home Chicago” as Cubs re­turned to the field for me­dia in­ter­views.

“High anx­i­ety,” first base­man An­thony Rizzo said. “A lot of deep breaths. Ev­ery pitch gets big­ger and big­ger as the game goes on. It’s un­be­liev­able. Great win here, we sent these fans off with a win, now we have to go to Cleve­land and win.”

Now, the team that led the ma­jors in wins this year will try to ex­tend its sea­son again Tues­day night when Chicago right-han­der Jake Ar­ri­eta faces Josh Tom­lin at Cleve­land in Game 6.

Chicago is try­ing to be­come the first club to over­come a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Roy­als and the first to do it by win­ning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pi­rates.

Cleve­land, in search of its first ti­tle since 1948, is in search of its third-ever ti­tle and has won the cham­pi­onship at home just once, in 1920.

Chap­man hadn’t pitched in the sev­enth in­ning since 2012. He threw 42 pitches, 15 of them at least 100 mph.

“It’s some­thing you can’t nor­mally do dur­ing the sea­son with­out beat­ing some­body up too badly,” Mad­don said.

The lefty struck out four and fanned Jose Ramirez, who had home­red ear­lier, with 101 mph heat to end it.

“That was a big ask and he an­swered,” In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona said. “That was im­pres­sive.”

With the crowd at the Friendly Con­fines des­per­ate for a win, Kris Bryant home­red to start a three­run burst in the fourth off Trevor Bauer that gave Jon Lester a 3-1 lead. The In­di­ans nicked him for a run in the sixth, and Carl Ed­wards Jr. took over to be­gin the sev­enth with a 3-2 edge.

Chap­man came in with a run­ner on se­cond and one out. He stranded the po­ten­tial ty­ing run at se­cond base in the sev­enth and at third in the eighth, then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Lester, the Game 1 loser, im­proved to 4-1 in Series play by al­low­ing two runs and six hits.

DAVID J. PHILLIP — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cubs catcher David Ross can’t catch catch a foul ball hit by the In­di­ans’ Car­los San­tana dur­ing the se­cond in­ning of Game 5 Sun­day in Chicago.

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