Cubs Win the World Series

November 2, 2016
Game 7 of World Series
Cubs 8 Indians 7, 10 innings

Facing Corey Kluber, who had already beaten the Cubs twice in this series, Dexter Fowler got the Cubs off to a great start with the first World Series game 7 leadoff the game home run ever to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead.

Kyle Hendricks was struggling a little early. Javier Baez made an error in the first inning and in the 2nd inning, after Jose Ramirez singled off Hendricks, Kyle caught Ramirez leaning at first base and picked him off to help get him out of the 2nd without a run scoring. The Indians did get to Hendricks in the 3rd inning when Carlos Santana singled home Coco Crisp who led off the inning with a double. The score was tied 1-1 after 3 innings.

The Cubs started to get to Kluber in the 4th inning when Kris Bryant singled and Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch. Ben Zobrist grounded into a force play, but it got Bryant to third base and Bryant was able to score on a very shallow fly ball to center field. While it looked like Indians outfielder Rajai Davis wasn't fully prepared to make a strong throw, Bryant's aggressiveness and great slide, he slids his legs between the Indians catcher who was blocking the plate to score the Cubs 2nd run. Willson Contreras got a big, two out double that nearly went over the fence in deep right center field.

The Cubs successfully knocked Kluber out of the game in the 4th inning when Javier Baez made up for 2 early errors in this game by hitting a home run to deep right center field. Andrew Miller came into the game and with 2 outs, Rizzo & Bryant struck again as Bryant walked and when he was running on a pitch, Rizzo drove the ball into the right field corner for a single, but Bryant just kept running scoring all the way from first. The 2nd run of the game that can be attributed to very advanced base running skills by Bryant. Cubs take what appeared to be a very good lead of 5-1 going into the bottom of the 5th inning.

Cubs got some bad luck in the bottom of the 5th inning when Kyle Hendricks walked Carlos Santana (one pitched called a ball certainly looked like it was in the strike zone). The walk lead to Joe Maddon replacing Hendricks with Jon Lester. Jason Kipnis hit a very slow ground ball that didn't get past the mound on the third base side. With Bryant playing back, Ross raced out to pick up the ball, but couldn't get Kipnis at first base and threw the ball away letting both runners advance to 2nd and 3rd base, a big mistake that cost the Cubs 2 runs when Jon Lester threw a wild pitch that Ross couldn't handle and allowed both runners to score. the defenese let the Cubs down a little in this inning and the Indians cut the Cubs lead to 5-3.

David Ross, made up for his error by hitting a home run in what appears to be his final game as a major leaguer as he's announced his retirement at the end of the season. The Cubs lead moves to 6-3.

Jon Lester started pitching well and took the Cubs into the 8th inning with 2 outs before giving up a single to Jose Ramirez. Joe Maddon decided it was time to turn it over to Aroldis Chapman, who pitched 2 innings the previous night in a game that the Cubs had a bigger lead (5 and 7 runs). Chapman struggled, giving up an RBI double to Brandon Guyer and a game tying home run to Rajai Davis. The decision by Maddon to both take Hendricks and Lester out when he did was questioned quite a bit, but in the end the result was a Cubs victory was a Cubs victory for the team's first World Series championship since 1908.

More drama came into this game as Jason Heyward got to third base on a stolen base and throwing error from the catcher. But Javier Baez & Dexter Fowler couldn't drive him in. After a rough 8th inning, Cubs fans were a little concerned, myself included, when Maddon let Chapman continue into the ninth inning. But Chapman had a relatively simple 9th inning and the game went to the 10th inning, but not until the rains came.

At this point in the game, Cubs fans were wondering what could go wrong next, but as it turns out the "timeout" the rain delay gave to the Cubs, was an opportunity for Jason Heyward to get the team together for a discussion that seemed to motivate the team in the top of the 10th. After a short rain delay, the Indians brought back relief pitcher, Brian Shaw who gave up a single to Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber's 3rd hit of the game. Maddon made a key move pinch running Albert Almora for Schwarber. The Cubs young outfield prospect was able to tag and go to second base on Kris Bryant's long drive to center field. Shaw walked Rizzo intentionally which set the stage for World Series MVP, Ben Zobrist who drove a double to left field, giving the Cubs a 7-6 lead. After another intention walk, Miguel Montero got a pinch hit single driving in the 8th run of the game. And this meant that each of the Cubs catcher all drove in a run in this game. And an incredible feat of teamwork, all 8 runs in this game by a different Cubs player. All year, the Cubs have been succesful through the efforts of having talent throughout the lineup and the bench. This depth was in full display in game 7 and is one of the big reasons why they are now 2016 World champions!!

In the bottom of the 10th, Maddon chose rookie, Carl Edwards Jr to get the final 3 outs for a Cubs World Series championship. Edward started out well, retiring the first 2 batters, but can the Cubs ever make anyhing easy? not usually. Edwards walked former Cubs minor league prospect, BRandon Guyer and Guyer took second base on a play ruled defensive indifference as the Cubs were not holding the runner on first base. Rajai Davis sngle home Guyer to reduce the lead to 8-7. Maddon had seen enough and decided to pull Edwards and bring in Mike Montgomery. Montgomery came to the Cubs in a midseason trade that sent Dan Vogelbach to the Mariners. Montgomery only faced one batter, but when Michael Martinez hit a soft ground ball to Kris Bryant at third base and Bryant threw him out at first base, the celebration after years of waiting for championship can began. The Cubs win the World Series for the first time since 1908. Thank you, Theo Epstein, Jed HOyer, Jason Mcleod and the rest of the managmeent team that built such a strong, young team that should compete for many more years at Wrigley Field into the future. President, Theo Epstein, the man who took down the Curse of the Bambino in Boston as General Manager has topped that by taking down the curse of the Billy Goat, Bartman and 108 years without a World Series on the northside of Chicago.

Fowler first ever leadoff HR in a WS game

Baez HR makes it 4-1

In his final MLB game, David Ross hits a home run off Andrew Miller

Rizzo "I'm an emotional wreck"

Kris Bryant gets the final out

Heyward team meeting