By Chandler Guadagnin
The wait is over Chicago. The Cubs have finally conquered the curse of the billy goat. It took longer than expected; nevertheless, the Chicago Cubs have won the 2016 World Series, it’s first championship in 108 years.
In this epic ten inning marathon, the Cubs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a Dexter Fowler’s solo home run to open the game. After the Indians tied the game in the bottom of the third, Chicago would comeback in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Cubs would tack on two more in the fifth.
It seemed Chicago was in the driver seat, however the Cleveland Indians scratched and clawed to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chicago would make it 6-3 on a home run from 39 year old catcher, David Ross, in the sixth. With the homerun, Ross becomes the oldest player to hit a home run in the World Series. Following tremendous relief work from Jon Lester, who went three innings allowing only one run, Joe Maddon brought in fireball closer, Aroldis Chapman for the third night in a row. With a runner on second and two outs, in stepped Rajai Davis. On a 2-2 pitch, Davis blasted a game tying homer over the left field wall.
That was all the Indians would get in the eighth. Chapman would return to the mound in the ninth on a mission to bounce back. Bounce back he would, retiring the Indians 1-2-3. To the tenth we went and to the mound went Bryan Shaw.
The inning began with a Kyle Schwarber leadoff single. Following a Kris Bryant flyout, Anthony Rizzo would be intentionally walked. After the intentional walk, Ben Zobrist connected with a 1-2 pitch from Shaw, lining it to left field, and giving the Cubs a 7-6 lead. Addison Russell was then walked, bringing up Miguel Montero. Montero swatted a 1-1 pitch to left field, extending the lead to 8-6. That would be the end of the scoring for Chicago.
Carl Edwards Jr. would be called on in the bottom of the tenth. He would retire two in a row before walking Brandon Guyer. He was then replaced by Michael Montgomery. Eighth inning hero, Rajai Davis stepped in once again with a chance to tie the game for Cleveland. With Davis batting, Guyer would take second on defensive indifference. On a 1-0 pitch, Davis would single up the middle, shrinking Chicago’s lead to 8-7. There it would stay, as Kris Bryant would fire a, Michael Martinez, ground ball to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to seal the deal for the Chicago Cubs.
In a hard fought game that lasted 4 hours and 28 minutes, Cleveland used five pitchers. In the other dugout, the Cubs utilized five pitchers as well. Chicago starter, Kyle Hendricks, finished the night going four and two thirds innings; giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. For Cleveland Corey Kluber took the ball to start the game. From the beginning, it was clear that Chicago made the necessary preparation to take on Corey Kluber for the third time. Officially, Kluber went four innings plus relinquishing four runs, all earned, on six hits, two home runs, no walks, and no strikeouts.
In one of the most thrilling games in World Series history, the Cubs have defeated the Cleveland Indians to become the 2016 World Series Champions. A quest that began in 1909 ends November 2, 2016; 108 years later. Hey Chicago, what do ya’ say, the Cubs have won today!
- For his double in the tenth inning, Ben Zobrist was dubbed the 2016 World Series MVP.
- Add one more name to the list; the Chicago Cubs are the latest team to be down 3-1 in the World Series and comeback to win.
- With his leadoff home run in the first inning, Dexter Fowler becomes the first person to hit a leadoff home run in Game 7 of the World Series.
- In his return to action for the first time since April 7th, Kyle Schwarber went 7 for 17 with a double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and three walks for an average of .412 and an extraordinary on base plus slugging percentage of .971.
- With the first World Series Championship of his managerial career, Joe Maddon, becomes the only the second manager, since Frank Chance, to guide the Chicago Cubs to a Championship in the Cubs’ 140 year history.
- Michael Montgomery records his first save in his career in Game 7 of the World Series.
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