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Extra Special: Cubs Win The World Series!

By Chandler Guadagnin

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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!

Memorable Moments:

  • 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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Cubs-Indians Battle For All The Marbles In Game 7

By Chandler Guadagnin

With a 9-2 win over the Cleveland Indians last night, the Chicago Cubs have force a World Series Game 7 for the second time in three years. In a situation like this, everyone is available as both teams seek to win the Series.

The Cubs will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound in the winner take-all Game 7. This postseason, Hendricks has a 1-1 record over four game and twenty and two thirds innings pitched. He has posted a 1.31 ERA; allowing 3 runs, 15 hits, 1 homerun, 6 walks, 17 strikeouts, and an opponent’s batting average of .211. In his last start- Game 3 of the World Series- Hendricks went four and a third shutout innings surrendering 6 hits, walking 2, and striking out 6.

Looking to continue the dominance of Cleveland sports in 2016, the Indians will send Corey Kluber to battle the Cubs. This postseason, Kluber has boasted a 4-1 record and 0.89 ERA in 5 games. In thirty and a third innings of work, yielding 3 runs, 22 hits, 1 homerun, 8 walks, 35 strikeouts. He held opponent’s to a .200 batting average. In his previous outing, Kluber relinquished 1 run on 5 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings pitched.

Due to the blowout that the Indians suffered Tuesday night, their bullpen got little use, allowing them to be fresh for tonight’s do or die showdown. Another thing that goes in the Indians direction, is home field advantage because of the American League’s win in this year’s All-Star Game.

Chicago too has a rested bullpen, perhaps more rested than Cleveland’s, Throughout this World Series, Chicago’s bullpen has logged 56 and a third innings pitched to the Indians’ 63 innings pitched. The Cubs also have a wealth of knowledge in their dugout, manager Joe Maddon. Over 19 seasons and 2,724 games as a professional baseball manager, he has won 1,345 games.

The final game of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, Game 7 of the World Series, comes your way at 5:00PM PT from Cleveland, Ohio on FOX. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for post game analysis.

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Cubs Force Game 7 On Russell’s Slam

By Chandler Guadagnin

For the second time in three years, the World Series will come down to a decisive Game 7. Right from the get go it was all Chicago, In the first, the Cubs jumped all over Indians’ starter, Josh Tomlin, scoring three runs. The offense would not stop there however, as after a walk of Kyle Schwarber and singles from Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist, in came Dan Otero from the bullpen and up came Addison Russell. Russell promptly unloaded, as he smashed a pitch well over the left field wall. That would prove to be the icing on the cake as the Cubs cruised to a 9-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

In all, Tomlin lasted a mere two and a third innings giving up 6 runs, all earned, on 6 hits, 1 walk, and no strikeouts.

Jake Arrieta cruised, giving up only 3 hits and two runs, striking out 9, in five and two thirds innings of work.

Winner take-all Game 7 comes your way Wednesday from Cleveland at  5:00PM PT on FOX.  Unofficially, Chicago will entrust the ball to Kyle Hendricks. Unofficially, Cleveland will send Corey Kluber to attempt to conquer the Cubs. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for pre and postgame analysis.

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Cubs Look To Continue Comeback In Game 6

By Chandler Guadagnin

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With their comeback in Game 6, to stay alive, the Chicago Cubs will look to continue their comeback as the World Series shifts back to Cleveland. The Indians will look to take advantage of their home crowd, and slam the door on the Cubs’ hopes, to win their first World Series in 68 years.

The Cubs will send righty ace, Jake Arrieta, to the hill, to battle it out with Indians’ hurler Josh Tomlin. In his Game 2 start, Arrieta, lasted five and two thirds innings allowing one run, earned, on two hits, three walks, and six strikeouts; picking up the win. In Game 3, Josh Tomlin, fired four and two thirds shutout innings surrendering two hits, one walk, and striking out one.

In order to keep their comeback on course, the Chicago Cubs must wake up their all too somber bats. To snuff out the Cubs’ chances, the Indians pitching must be at its best. Make no mistake, if Francona finds himself with a lead after the fifth, he will not be timid about exhausting all of his best options to get the job done.

The oh so pivotal Game 6 comes your way from Progressive Field in Cleveland at 5:00PM PT on FOX. Log on to www.kpaysports.com following the game for postgame analysis.

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Indians on Verge of Snapping Curse; Win Game 4

By Chandler Guadagnin

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With a win in Game four of the 2016 World Series, the Cleveland Indians are one win away from hoisting the Championship trophy. Corey Kluber was his dominant self, even on short rest, as he went six innings, allowing one run on one walk and six strikeouts. Kluber also made a difference offensively as, with runners at first and second with two outs, he dribbled a single to third base. Cubs’ third baseman, Kris Bryant, errantly slung it to first base resulting in the runner at second crossing the plate. Cleveland would never look back scoring seven runs, on their way to a 7-2 win. Cleveland’s scoring barrage was capped off by a 3 run homer from Jason Kipnis. With the victory, Cleveland goes up 3 to 1 in this best of seven World Series.

With the loss, the Cubs face a situation which they haven’t faced all postseason- an elimination game. The difference between winning and losing for the Cubs, has been their frozen bats. In the series, Chicago has been out homered four to zero.

With their backs against the wall, the Chicago Cubs will send Jon Lester out to make the start in game five. He will be opposed by the Indians number two starter, Trevor Bauer. In his game one start, Lester, went five and two thirds innings giving up three runs, all earned, while striking out seven, walking three and allowing two homeruns; picking up the loss. In game two, Bauer pitched three and two thirds innings surrendering two runs, both earned, walking two and striking out two.

Cleveland will look to win their first World Series since 1948 when game five comes your way on FOX tomorrow at 5:00PM PT. There will not be pre or postgame analysis for game five.

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Cleveland Seeks 3-1 Edge In Game 4

By Chandler Guadagnin
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The World Series continues as game four comes your way from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Cleveland will send, ace, Corey Kluber to the mound to put them on the precipice of a World Series Championship. Kluber will be opposed by Chicago veteran John Lackey.

In his last start of the postseason-Game one of this World Series- Kluber pitched his team to victory as he went six innings allowing no runs on four hits, walking none, and striking out nine. Kluber etched his name in the history books in game one as well, as he became the first pitcher in postseason history to strikeout eight of the first nine batters faced. Kluber will look to continue his postseason dominance for Cleveland tonight.

The Cubs’, John Lackey, is yet to make a start in this World Series. This postseason, Lackey has posted an 0-0 record over two games pitched. In eight innings pitched, Lackey, has surrendered five homeruns while, walking five and striking out seven for an ERA of 5.63. Oppenent average against Lackey this postseason stands at .375. All of his earned runs this postseason have come off of the homeruns he has given up. Overall, the key for him tonight will be keeping the ball in the ballpark.

X factors for this game are, once again, the effectiveness of the starters and the bullpens. The direction of the wind will also play a factor in game four. Important to note, in all three games thus far, the team to score first has won each contest.

Game four comes your way at 5:00PM PT on FOX. Be sure to log on to www.kpaysports.com for the breakdown of game four.

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Cleveland Spoils Cubs Homecoming; Wins Game 3

By Chandler Guadagnin

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The return of the World Series to Wrigley Field did not disappoint. As was predicted, pitching was the difference. Indians starter, Josh Tomlin, mystified Cubs hitters as he fired four and two thirds innings allowing no runs, on just two hits; while, walking one and striking out one. Kyle Hendricks seemed to pitch with smoke and mirrors, as he worked in and out of trouble. In four and a third innings pitched, he allowed no runs on six hits, two walks, and 6 strikeouts. Hendricks never did have a 1-2-3 inning.

The game remained scoreless into the seventh inning, when, with one man out and runners on first and third, Coco Crisp lined a pinch hit single to right field. After reliever, Bryan Shaw, recorded two outs in the eighth and allowed a man to reach, manager Terry Francona called in Indians closer, Cody Allen, for the five out save. Allen promptly ended the eighth with a strikeout of Kris Bryant. It would prove to be a little more difficult for Allen in the ninth; however, he would through a single and an error to pick up the save and give Cleveland the 2-1 advantage. 

Chicago’s best chance to score came in the seventh, when Jorge Soler blooped a two out triple down the right field line; however the next hitter, Javier Baez would groundouts on a 2-0 pitch to quench the threat. In total, Chicago was 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. 

Cleveland will turn to their ace, Corey Kluber, to put them one win away from bringing home the trophy. The Cubs will hand the ball to veteran John Lackey, looking to knot the Series at two. Game four comes your way tomorrow from Chicago at 4:00PM PT on FOX. As always, log onto to www.kpaysports.com for pre and postgame analysis of game four.

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Baseball Returns To Wrigley As Cubs Seek Series Edge

By Chandler Guadagnin

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World Series baseball returns to Wrigley Field for the first time in 71 years tonight, as the Chicago Cubs will look to take advantage of what is sure to be a raucous crowd, seeking a 2-1 series advantage. To accomplish this, Chicago will look to righty Kyle Hendricks. The Cleveland Indians will look to silence the audience as they will hand the ball to their right handed Josh Tomlin.

In his last start in the Postseason, Game 6 of the NLCS, Hendricks bested a shaky Clayton Kershaw. Hendricks shutdown a potent Dodgers offense, going seven and a third shutout innings and allowing only two hits while walking no one.

It was more of the same for Tomlin in his last start. Against the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, he went five and two thirds innings, allowing just one run on 3 hits; while walking two and striking out six, to help the Indians to a ALCS Game 2 victory.

With both starting pitchers being so dominant this postseason, it may well be that, the team to score first will claim Game 3. Another X factor will be the effectiveness of the bullpens; and, if it occurs, which ‘pen cracks first.

Chicago’s offense will be without a big bat in the middle of the order, as Kyle Schwarber has been held out of the Cubs lineup. Schwarber who has not played the outfield since his collision and subsequent injury on April 7th, has not been cleared by  the doctor to play the field tonight and will only be available to pinch hit in games 3, 4, and 5.

Catch all the action of historic game 3 from Wrigley Field at 5:00PM PT on Fox or listen via ESPN Radio. Be sure to log on to www.kpaysports.com following the final out for postgame analysis.

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Chicago Victorious in World Series For First Time Since 1945; Tie Series

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Cubs have won game two, earning a split of the first two games, as the series shifts to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta showed why he is the reigning Cy Young Award winner. Arrieta did not allow a hit until one out in the sixth inning. In five and a third innings pitched, Arrieta allowed only two hits and one run, while striking out six and walking three.

On the other hand, the Indians’ Trevor Bauer was never able to really settle in, as he went three and two thirds innings, allowing a run in the first inning, and one in the third inning. through his three and two three innings of work, Bauer allowed two runs, both earned, on six hits, two walks, and striking out two all while throwing 87 pitches.

The two main cogs of the Chicago Cubs lineup tonight were the bats of Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber. In four at bats, Zobrist reached base three times, and recording two hits, (one a RBI triple). Schwarber continued his World Series offensive production, as he went 2 for 4, with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored.

Cleveland’s only scoring came in the sixth inning, when with one out, Jason Kipnis doubled to right field. That was followed by a Francisco Lindor groundout that moved Kipnis to third with two outs; then, with Mike Napoli batting, Arrieta fired a wild pitch, scoring Kipnis from third.

With that, the 2016 World Series moves to Chicago and Wrigley Field; the first time a Fall Classic game has come to Wrigley Field since 1945. Cleveland will turn to Josh Tomlin to ruin the Cubs home coming; while, Kyle Hendricks will look to put Chicago up 2 games to one. Game 3 comes your way Friday on FOX at 5:00PM PT from Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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Cubs Look To Even Up Fall Classic In Game 2

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By Chandler Guadagnin

Following a victory in Game 1, the Indians will look to righty Trevor Bauer to put the Cubs in a 2-0 hole. Chicago wil hand the ball to their ace Jake Arrieta to split the series before heading to the Windy City.

Once again, it may be pitching that defines whether the Cubs gain a split in Cleveland or the Cubs go down 2-0 in this best of seven series.

This season, in 31 games, Arrieta posted an 18-8 record. In 197.1 innings pitched, he struck out 190, walking only 76 and giving up a mere 16 home runs on his way to recording a 3.10 ERA. Over his career in the postseason, Arrieta has shown that he is one of the best overall pitchers in the Major Leagues.

Trevor Bauer pitched in 35 games this year putting up a 12-8 record. In 190 innings pitched, Bauer posted a 4.26 ERA while striking out 168 hitters, walked 70, giving up 20 homers. Bauer has had a brief career in the postseason. His second start was cut short due to a injured right pinkie finger. However brief his postseason experience may be, he has still been solid in his opportunities. Cleveland would not have made it to the World Series were it not for the clutch pitching of Trevor Bauer.

You can catch all of World Series Game 2 on FOX beginning in just minutes at 4:00PM PT in Cleveland. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for postgame analysis.

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