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23 Was Not To Be As Tribe Falls

By Chandler Guadagjnin

23 consecutive wins was just not in the cards for the Cleveland Indians as with a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, the Tribe saw their record setting win streak snapped at 22 games.

The Indians sent right-handed starting pitcher, Trevor Bauer, to the mound to match up against the Royals’ Jason Vargas. Cleveland would strike first on a Edwin Encarnacion sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. However, Kansas City would draw even almost immediately. With one out in the top of the second, Alcides Escobar would take  3-2 pitch over the wall for a solo homer. The Tribe would jump out in front in the bottom of the third, on a Jose Ramirez 2-run home run; making it 3 to 1.

The Royals would show their tenacity though, putting up single runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th; with the knock out blow coming off the bat of Lorenzo Cain, scoring Alex Gordon with two outs in the 6th, making it 4-3.

There it would stay as Royals reliever Mike Minor would shut the door on the Indians for the first save of his long career.

As the last out was recorded, it was surreal scene as Cleveland fans gave the Indians a standing ovation, while tipping their caps.

With the loss, the Indians drop to 91 and 57. On the flip side, with the victory, the Royals rise to 73 and 74.

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Indians Sweep Tigers, Make History

By Chandler Guadagnin

With a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday morning, the Cleveland Indians etched their names in the Baseball history books, accomplishing what no other American League team before had done: win 21 straight games.

With the win over Detroit, the Tribe surpassed the record of 20 straight “W”s set by the 2002 Oakland A’s and tied the modern day Major League set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.

The Indians sent Mike Clevinger to the hill; he was opposed by Tigers’ righty Buck Farmer. Detroit would draw first blood, as in the first inning, a 2 out RBI double off the bat of Jeimer Candelario, staked Detroit to a 1-0 lead. However, in the bottom half of the inning, a leadoff double and one out walk brought up Jay Bruce. On a 1-1 pitch, Bruce launched an opposite field 3-run home run, to put the Indians up 3-1. The Indians would not look back as they would tack on a run in the third and another in the 7th to tame the Tigers 5-3.

During this unprecedented streak, Cleveland has recorded a +104 run differential. In these 21 games, the Indians have led at the end of 185 of 189 innings.

The Indians now set their sights on the overall Major League record, of 26 consecutive games, set by the 1916 New York Giants.

The Cleveland Indians will attempt to make it 22 in a row when they send Josh Tomlin to the mound to match up against the Royals’ Jakob Junis. First pitch is set for 4:10PM PT.

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Extra Special: Cubs Win The World Series!

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!

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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Cleveland Spoils Cubs Homecoming; Wins Game 3

By Chandler Guadagnin


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


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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