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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