By Chandler Guadagnin
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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