CLEVELAND — The Chicago Cubs 9-3 triumph over the Cleveland Indians has forced a World Series Game 7.
After overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the series, the Cubs have won the last two games to even the score.
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Joe Maddon wants the Cleveland Indians to pitch to slugger Kyle Schwarber.
The Cubs manager is hoping that bumping Schwarber up to second in the lineup will do the trick.
Schwarber hit fifth in Games 1 and 2 in Cleveland as the designated hitter, going 3 for 7 with two RBIs in his first major league game since April. He made only one plate appearance in Chicago as a pinch hitter because his surgically repaired left knee hasn’t been cleared to play defense.
Maddon says that if he let Schwarber hit fifth again, he doesn’t think the Indians would pitch to him at all. By putting Schwarber in the second spot, Schwarber has protection because he’s hitting in front of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist.
The Chicago Cubs wasted little time getting to Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin in Game 6.
Chicago touched Tomlin for three runs in the first, all with two outs. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant took a 0-2 pitch from Josh Tomlin and sent it 433 feet into the seats in left field to put Chicago up 1-0 in the top of the first. Bryant also homered in Game 5 in Chicago on Sunday night to help the Cubs stave off elimination.
Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist followed with singles and came home on Addison Russell’s two-run double to right-center. The ball fell after Cleveland centerfielder Tyler Naquin and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall seemed to miscommunicate on who should make the play.
Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta is cruising so far.
Staked to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, Arrieta has struck out four and allowed just a walk to Francisco Lindor through two innings as Chicago tries to force a Game 7.
Arrieta received the best run support of any National League pitcher this season. The Cubs averaged 6.8 runs during Arrieta’s 31 starts. When Chicago scored at least three runs, Arrieta was 18-4.
Jason Kipnis is doing what he can to bring the Cleveland Indians back.
The All-Star second baseman hit his second home run of the World Series in the fifth inning against Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, pulling the Indians to 7-2. Kipnis doubled and scored in the third for Cleveland’s first run, and his shot over the wall in left gave Progressive Field a jolt.
Still, the Indians have their work cut out. Arrieta went 15-0 in the regular season when given at least six runs of support.
Jake Arrieta has done his part to force a Game 7.
The right-hander allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine with three walks as the Chicago Cubs took a 7-2 lead over Cleveland into the seventh inning of Game 6.
Arrieta gave up an RBI single to Mike Napoli in the third and a solo home run to Jason Kipnis in the fifth. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner also wriggled out of a jam in the fourth when he struck out Tyler Naquin with the bases loaded.
Kipnis went 3 for 5 against Arrieta in his two World Series starts. The rest of the Indians were 2 for 34.
7-2 Cubs going into the bottom of the 8th.