Your friendly neighborhood Prof here. It’s just going to be me today so more of a “She Said, She Said”. So, Game Six started out with the Indians hoping to slam the door on their visitors, and the Cubs suddenly playing an underdog role. Anthony Rizzo, an Italian Jersey kid if ever one existed, played nothing but Rocky Balboa movies and the theme to “Rocky” all day long. This is not a joke, this actually happened.
From the jump, Jake Arrieta looked sharp. The Magical Land of Cleve was hoping there was some propane left in Josh Tomlin’s tank. But y’all… the pilot light burned out.
Kris Bryant started it off with a solo shot, an absolute bomb, to get Chicago out early. Rizzo gets on board, followed by Ben Zobrist, and then a hit by Addison Russell turned into two runs due to a throwing error charged to Jason Kipnis.
Second inning was uneventual, and the Indians were hoping that was all the Cub Juju that would happen in the game, but like my boy Rizzo once said…
Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs’ DH and beloved Ruthian doppleganger, was walked to lead off the third. Rizzo and Zobrist then loaded the bases for 22 year old Addison Russell. Who promptly hit a MONSTER GRAND SLAM!
7-0, third inning. The Jake…er….Progressive Field sounded more like a tomb.
The Indians made a good faith effort to come back, but even against an Arrieta who was rapidly cooling off it didn’t make much of a difference. Mike Napoli attempted to throw a party, but it was only a single. However, that single let to a run from Jason Kipnis. Later on, in the fifth, Kipnis solo homered to make it 7-2.
Cleveland trotted out pitcher after pitcher to stop the bleeding, and it helped for a while. Joe Maddon brought out Chapman, who tweaked his lower body running down Lindor at first. But still, it was all good, if you’re a Cubs fan.
Then the ninth inning happened. Kris Bryant gets on base, then my boy Rizz hit a huge homer to pad the lead. 9-2.
Depending on your views, Maddon either left Chapman in too long or left him in WAY too long and allowed a runner. Out comes Pedro Strop who allowed a hit and a run to score, bringing us to 9-3, bottom of the ninth, although it really wasn’t all Strop’s fault. Joe West was your home plate ump and he was out there doing Joe West things.
After that Strop run, Travis Wood came out for the last needed out, facing Jason Kipnis. Wood delivered.
So, after decades and decades of futility for both Chicago and Cleveland, and inspired baseball played by both teams in this series, it all comes down to one game. One final game for the whole shebang.
We will see you tomorrow night for Game Seven, and a World Champion will be crowned!