World Series 2016 Game 7: Cubs @ Indians

This is the 32nd deciding game in World Series history which seems remarkable only if you don’t think the 2 best teams always advance (and they don’t, another way of looking at the same statistics is that flukes and mismatches are the norm, representing almost 70% of all cases).

Baseball fans tend to be numbers fans also because there are just so many of them. They pretend it’s an indicator of rationality and predictability but these very same people will then turn their Caps inside out if their team is behind; refuse to bathe, shave, or wash their clothes; or believe in goat curses.

Honey, I hate to say it, but what you smell is you. Get a shower and brush your teeth why not. The reason they call it ‘Magical’ thinking is that there is no cause and effect that connects your ‘Good Luck Socks’ to what happens between the foul lines.

In this game however, the past is the future as each team has made some critical compromises to arrive at this point. Sure, Corey Kluber is a future Hall of Famer but is the 6th time the charm or is 30+ Innings (12 in this Series) more than enough? The Indians have a Bullpen too.

On the Cubs side Hendricks is a lot fresher, but has a lot of No Decisions and as many Losses as Wins. Sure his ERA is 0.00, but it’s based on 4 Innings and doesn’t include 6 scattered Hits. I don’t think he looks all that overpowering though the numbers say different. Chapman is the next Rivera, you heard it here first, but can he come back after last night’s work?

Well the answer is yes. He came in in the 7th but left in the 9th and he didn’t throw an unusually high number of pitches. Just another day at the Ball Park for him regardless of what the announcers say. The rest of the Bullpen ain’t much, but they have a bunch of lightly used starters who’ll be playing golf tomorrow win or lose.

So, we shall see. I won’t tell you I’m rooting for the club with the 108 year drought because of Bill Murray but it’s true enough and we shall see.


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  1. ek hornbeck

    Vent Hole

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    First Pitch Strike

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    Solo Shot. Cubs 1 – 0

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    Infield Single

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      Not a discouraging start!

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    Fly Out. 1 Gone

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    Another Fly. 2 Out

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    Bottom 1st

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    The Game so far

    The Top of the 1st with Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

    The first pitch to Fowler was a strike, on pitch #4 he hit a lead off Home Run

    Kyle Scwarber singles;

    Kris Bryant flies out to right field

    Anthony Rizzo flies out to center. 2 outs

    Scwarber steals 2nd

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    Corey Zobrist flies out to center to retire the side

    Cubs 1 – Cleveland 0

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    First Pitch Fly Out

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    Bottom of the 1st Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

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    KO. Out 2

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    Throwing Error. 1 On

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    Force. Top 2nd

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    Carlos Santana flies out to right

    Jason Kipnis struck out 2 outs

    Francisco Lindor to first on throwing error

    Napoli grounds out to end the 1st ining

    Cubs 1 – Cleveland 0

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    Top of the 2nd Inning: Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

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    Addison Russell pop fly to left.

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    Pop. 1

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    Willson Contreras flies out to left. 2 outs

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    Jason Heyward flies out to center to retire the side

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    Foul. 2

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    Bottom 2nd

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    Bottom of the 2nd. Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

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    A Leadoff Error

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    Jose Ramirez singles on a line drive

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    Ramirez picked off at 1st

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    Lonnie Chisenhall singles o a liine drive to left

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    Rajai Davis grounded into a double play to end the 2nd inning

    Cubs – Cleveland o

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    Top of the 3rd. Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

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    Javier Baez flies out to left

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    Long Fly. 1

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    Dexter Fowler flies out to right. 2 out

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    Another. 2

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    Out going for 2nd. Bottom 3rd

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    Kyle Schwarber singles on a line to left, out at 2nd to retire the side

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    Bottom of the 3rd. Kyle Kendricks pitching for the Cubs

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    Coco Crisp lead off double

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    Leadoff Double

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    Roberto Perez bunts, out at 1st. Crisp to 3rd

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    Sacrifice Bunt

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    Carlos Santana singles to left. Crisp scores to tie the game

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    RBI Single. Tied at 1

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    Jason Kipnis singles on a ground ball, Santana safe at 2nd with 1 out

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    Error. 2 On 1 Out

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    Lindor flies out to left. Runners hold 2 outs

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    Big Fly Out. 2 Done

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    Top 4th

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    Napoli lines out to end the 3rd inning

    Cubs 1 – Cleveland 1

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    Top of the 4th inning Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

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    Kris Bryant lead of single

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    Single. A good start

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    Rizzo hit by pitch. 2 on No outs

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    Fielder’s Choice. Corners

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    Zobrist singles, Rizzo out at 2nd. Bryant to 3rd

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    RBI Sacrifice. Cubs 2 – 1

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    Russell sac fly to center. Bryant scores. Zobrist to 2nd

    Cubs 2 – Cleveland 1 2 outs

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    What a slide!

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    RBI Double. Cubs 3 -1

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    Contreras doubles on a fly to center. Zobrist scores

    Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1 with 2 outs

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    Heyward pops out to infield to retire the side

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    Bottom 4th

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    Bottom of the 4th. Kyle Hendricks pitching fo rthe Cubs

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    Ramirez grounds out

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    Out at 1st

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    Chisenhall flies out to left

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    Fly. 2

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    Rajai Davis flies into right to end the 4th

    Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1

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    Top 5th

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    Top of the 5th. Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

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    Leadoff Solo Shot. Cubs 4 – 1

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    Baez lead off solo Home Run

    Cubs 4 – Cleveland 1

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    Ladies and Gentlemen… Kluber has left the building.

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    Cleveland pitching change: Andrew Miller in for Kluber

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    Fowler singles on a ground ball to left

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    And a Single. No Out

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    Double Play

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    Scwarber grounds into a double play. 2 outs

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    Bryant walked with 2 outs

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    2 Out Walk

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    Rizzo RBI double

    Cubs 5 – Cleveland 1 with 2 outs

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    RBI Double. Cubs 5 – 1

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    Zobrist flies out far left center to retire the side

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    Bottom 5th

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    Bottom of the 5th. Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

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    Crisp grounds out

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    Perez struck out. 2 outs

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    Ground Out 1

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    KO. 2

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    Santana walked

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    2 Out Walk.

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    Cubs pitching change Jon Lester in for Hendricks

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    Error. 2nd and 3rd

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    Kipnis grounds into a double. Santana tp 3rd with 2 outs

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    Wild pitch. 2 RBI’s

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    Wild Pitch. 2 Runs Score. Cubs 5 – 3

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    Cubs 5 – Cleveland 3

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    Top 6th

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    Lindor struck out to end the 5th innng

    Cubs 5 _ Cleveland 3

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    Top of the 6th Andrew Miller pitching for Cleveland

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    Russell fouls out

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    Pop Foul. 1

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    David Ross Home Run in his final game.

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

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    Solo Shot. Cubs 6 – 3

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    Heyward grounds out. 2 outs

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    Out at 1st. 2 Out

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    Baez struck out to retire the side

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    Bottom 6th

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    Bottom of the 6th. Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

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    Leadoff KO. Good for him.

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    Napoli Struck out

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    Ramirez grounds out . 2 outs

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    Gunned down at 1st. 2

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    Brandon Guyer, hitting for Chisenhall, singles on a ground ball to left

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    Top 7th

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    Davis grounds out into a fielder’s choice to end the 6th inning

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

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    Top of the 7th. Andrew Miller pitching for Cleveland

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    Fowler with a leaf off single

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    Leadoff Single

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    Nice start to the 7th

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    Schwarber flies out to left. Fowler holds at 1st. 1 out

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    Cleveland pitching change: CodyAllen in for Miller

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    Line Out

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    Allen obsessed with trying to pick off Fowler.

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    Strike Out/Throw Out Double Play. Bottom 7th

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    Bryant out on swinging strike Fowler caught stealing 2nd for qa double play to retire the side

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

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    Bottom of the 7th.Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

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    Crisp flies out to left

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    8 Left

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    Perez walked with 1out

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    1 Out Walk

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    Naquin in running for Perez

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    Santana grounds out Naquin to 2nd

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    Kipnis struck out to end the 7th inning

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

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    Top 8th

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    Top of the 8th. Cody Allen pitching for Cleveland

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    Rizzo out at 1st on a wild pitch

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    Zobrist grounds out. 2 outs

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    Russell pop fly to retire the side

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    Bottom of the 8th. Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

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    Bottom 8th

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    Lindor grounds out

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    5 Left

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    1 down 5 to go.

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    Napoli struck out. 2 outs

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    4 left

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    Ramirez singles on a ground ball

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    Another fucking Error. 1 On 2 Out

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    Cubs pitching change: Aroldis Chapman in for Lester for the last 4 outs

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    Chapman In

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    Guyer RBI doubles to right center field. Ramirez scores

    Cubs 6- Cleveland 4

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    RBI Double. Cubs 6 – 4

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    2 RBI HR. Tied at 6

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    Davis RBI Home Run to tie the game

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    Crisp singles

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    Can they bring Lester back?

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    Yan Gomes struck out to end the inning

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 6

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    A Single

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    Top 9th

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    O-Ren Ishii: You didn’t think it was gonna be that easy, did you?
    The Bride: You know, for a second there, yeah, I kinda did.

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    Top of the 9th. Cody Allen pitching for Cleveland

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    Ross lead off walk

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    And a Walk to Leadoff

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    Chris Coghlan running for Ross.

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    Force. 1 Down

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    Heyward to first on a ground ball. Coghlan out at 2nd. 1 out

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    Cleveland pitching change: Bryan Shaw in for Allen.

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    Stolen Base. Error. Runner on 3rd.

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    Heyward steals 2nd advances to 3rd on a throwing error

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    KO. 2 Down

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    Baez out on a foul bunt

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    Bottom 9th

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    Fowler fouls out to retire the side

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    I can’t believe they are sending Chapman back out there.

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    Bottom of the 9th. Aroldis Chapman pitching for the Cubs

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    Santana flies out to center on a full count

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    Kipnis struck out. 2 outs

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    Lindor flies out to right to end the 9th inning.

    On to the 10th

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 6

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    And the season goes into extra innings.

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    Top of the 10th. Bryan Shaw pitching for Cleveland

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    Rain delay.

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    Top 10th

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    Extra Inning Single

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    With Shaw pitching for Cleveland. Schwarber with a lead off single

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    Bryant sac fly to center. Schwarber to 2nd

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    Sacrifice. Runner to 2nd

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    Rizzo intentionally walkedRizzo intentionally walked

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    Intentional Pass

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    RBI Double. Cubs 7 – 6

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    Zobrist RBI double to take the lead. Alamora running for Schwarber scores. Rizzo to 3rd

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    Another Intentional Walk

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    Russell intentionally walked bases loaded with 1 out

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    RBI Single. Cubs 8 – 6

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    Motero singles Rizzo scores

    Cubs 8 – Cleveland 6

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    Cleveland pitching change: Trevor Bauer for Shaw

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    Heyward struck out 2 outs

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    KO for 2

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    Baez flies out to retire the side

    Cubs 8 – Cleveland 6

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    So… Indians need 2 in 3 Outs.

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    Bottom of the 10th Carl Edwards pitching for the Cubs

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    Far too exciting.

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    Napoli struck out. 1 out

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    2 Left

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    Ramirez grounds out. 2 outs

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    Guyer walked

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    And… A Walk

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    Davis RBi single

    Cubs 8 – Cleveland 7

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    RBI Single. Cubs 8 – 7

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    Cubs pitching change: Mike Montgomery in for Edwards

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    Michael Martinez grounds out to end the game

    The Cubs Win!!!!

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    How about that!

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    108 Years of Futility- Gone. Cubs 8 – 7 Final.

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