Much to my dismay Sianis is proven a prophet yet again. This game was much further out of reach than the shutout score would indicate, Cubs bats were practically lifeless against Kulber.

Sigh, well that’s why extended series are good despite the nay saying of some who pointedly drag their heavy coats out of the closet and make jokes about Thanksgiving games (you know, there’s a reason that Canadian Thanksgiving is in October and what’s the matter with a few, or 17 inches, of snowflakes anyway?). It’s a 162 game regular season that slows things down and every Series should have 7 games except the Wild Card which should have 5. This allows the best team with the greatest depth to prevail.

Or the Cubs sure hope so. Frankly part of me rebels against the concept that a single pitcher can carry a club through a whole Series but that doesn’t keep it from being used successfully by Managers who count on picking up the odd unexpected game here or there while ruining a player for life.

That’s why they call it the Big League bucko. There is no crying.

Tonight the Cubs will start their second Ace, Arrieta, while drone gashed Bauer attempts to not bleed all over the ball (seems a bit of a sacrifice for a spitter) and it all takes place an hour early in an attempt to out run the rain.

Good luck with that.

The worst case is that intermittent showers (which seem likely) delay things enough so that we have an official game (5 Innings at bat for the losers) by 11 pm.

Spahn and Sain and pray for rain, except in this case it works against the Cubs.

*First we’ll use Spahn*

Then we’ll use Sain

Then an off day

Followed by rain

Back will come Spahn

Followed by Sain

And followed

We hope

By two days of rain

Then we’ll use Sain

Then an off day

Followed by rain

Back will come Spahn

Followed by Sain

And followed

We hope

By two days of rain

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Vent Hole

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So, uh great. Apparently the complete game rule is suspended during the Playoffs.

Another MLB attempt to speed up the games no doubt.

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First Pitch Ball

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Broken Bat Ground Out

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1 On

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RBI Double. Cubs 1 – 0

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Already a better night

Absolutely

Coming up on 10th pitch to Zobrist

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Fly

Zobrist flied out to left field on the 10th pitch

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KO. Bottom 1st

Arrieta pitching for the Cubs

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First Pitch Strike

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Pop Out

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K

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2 Out Walk. 1 On

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Another Walk. 2 On 2 Out

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Thank goodness. Top 2nd

Top of the 2hnd with Trevor Bauer pitching for Cleveland

Javier Baez singles

Willson Contreras fkies out to right field

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Fly Out for 1

Jorge Soler flied out tp center field

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Fly Out for 2

Addison Russell flied oput to right field to end the top of the inning

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Bottom 2nd

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What? Has the game started yet?

Bottom of the 2nd with Arrieta pitching for the Cubs

Lonnie Chisenhall grounds out

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Out at 1st

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Line Out

Coco Crisp lines out

Tyler Naquin struck out to end the 2nd inning

Cubs 1 – Cleveland 0

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KO. Top 3rd

Top of the 3rd wiht Bauer pitching for Cleveland

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Another Ground Out

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And another Fly Out

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Did I mention Manchester United won over City yet?

Fowler grounded out and Bryant lined out

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And a 2 Out Walk

Rizzo walked

Zobrist singles

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Hey! A Single!

Kyle Schwarber RBI single

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RBI Single. Cubs 2 – 0

Cubs 2 – Cleveland 0 with 2 on (corners) 2 out

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Runners at Corners

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Bottom 3rd

Baez struck out to end the top of the 3rd

Bottom of the 3rd with Arrieta pitching for the Cubs

Roberto PÃ©rez struck out

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Leadoff K

Carlos Santana struck out

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3 in a Row for Arietta

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Top 4th

Kipnis flied to end the 3rd inning

Cubs 2 – Cleveland 0

Top of the 4th inning with Bauer pitching for Cleveland

Contreras walked

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1 On, Walk

Soler grounded into a double play

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Double Play

Russell base hit into center

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A Single. Bauer chased. Too fucking late for and RBI if you ask me but whatever.

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KO. Bottom 4th

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It’s Ninja Baseball!

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K #5

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Fly Center

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Another 2 Out Walk

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Top 5th

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Leadoff KO

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10 Pitch Walk

Time for some insurance runs.

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RBI Triple. Cubs 3 – 0

RBi triple for Zobrist

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 0

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New Arm

Cleveland pitching change Shaw in for McAllister

Schwarber RBI single

Cubs 4 _ Cleveland 0

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RBI Single. Cubs 4 – 0

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Wild Pitch. Runner advances

Schwarber to 2nd on a wild pitch to Baez

Baez struck out

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KO for 2

Contreras singled; Baez to 3rd Error on Cleveland

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An Error. 2 On 2 Out

Soler walked. Bases loaded with 2 outs

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Well, it was Corners. a Walk, now Loaded.

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RBI Walk. Cubs 4 – 0, 9th batter.

Jason Heyward to run for Soler. Russell walked. Unearned run

Cubs 5 – Cleveland 0

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KO and Finally the Bottom of the 5th

Bases still loaded. 2 puts

Fowler struck out to end the top of the inning

Cubs 5 – Cleveland 0

Bottom of the 5th with Arrieta pitching for the Cubs

Crisp flies out to left field

Naquin struck out

Perez flied out to left field to end the 5th inning

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Top 6th

Phew. I worried that was out of there.

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Ok, I think I’m re-oriented, slow updating on my game ticker. Cubs at bat in the Top of the 6th leading 5 – 0

Top of the 6th with Danny Salazar pitching for Cleveland

Bryant flies out to center

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Fly to Center. 1 Down

Rizzo grounded out

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Put Out at 1st. 2 Down

Zobrist walked on 4 pitches

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4 Pitch Walk

Schwarber walked. 7th walk by Cleveland pitchers this game

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Bottom 6th

Baez flied out to center to end the top of the inning

Cubs 5 – Cleveland 0

Bottom of the 6th Arrieta pitching for the Cus

Santana flied out to left field

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1 Out

Kipnis doulbes

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A Double. First hit for the Indians

Lindor grounds out; Kipnis to 3rd

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Sacrifice. Runner at 3rd

Kipnis scores on a wild pitch

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RBI Wild Pitch. Cubs 5 – 1

Napoli singles.

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And a Single.

Cubs pitching change Mike Montgomery in for Arrieta

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New Arm for the Cubs

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Top 7th

Ramirez grounded out to end the 6th inning.

Cubs 5 – Cleveland 1

Top of the 7th with Jeff Manship pitching for Cleveland

Contreras lead off walk. 8th walk by Cleveland pitcher

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Leadoff Walk

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Fly. E for Effort. Pffbt.

Heyward fled out to center. Contreras holds at 1st

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Single. More Like

Fowler singles to load the bases

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Hit. Bases Loaded

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And…. more pitching

Cleveland pitching change Dan Otero in for Manship

Bryant singles. Contreras out at the plate

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Out at the Plate on Force. Loaded 2 Out

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Bottom 7th

Rizzo flied out to left to end the top of the 7th

Bottom of the 7th. Montgomery pitching for Cubs

Rajal Davis hitting for Chisenhall. Davis struck out

Crisp struck out

Brandon Guyer hitting for Naquin. Guyer singles on a line drive

Huyre to 2nd on a wild pitch

Perez walked

Santana struck out to end the 7th inning

Cubs 5 – Cleveland 1

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So Top 8th

Top of the 8th inning. Dan Otero pitching for Cleveland

Zobrist grounds out

Schwarber struck out

Baez grounds out to end the top if the inning

Bottom of the 8th. Mike Montgomery pitching for the Cubs

Kipnis struck out

Lindor grounds out

Napoli singles to center

Cubs pitching change: Aroldis Chapman in for Montgomery

Ramirez struck out to end the 8th inning

Cubs 5 – Cleveland 1

Top of the 9th. Otero pitching for Cleveland

Correction Mike Clevinger pitching for Cleveland

Contras lined out

Heyward struck out

Russell lined out to end the top of the inning

Bottom of the 9th Chapman pitching for the Cubs

Davis struck out

Crisp grounds out

Guyer walked with 2 outs

Guyer steals 2nd

W!

Perez grounded out to end the game

Final Cubs 5 – Cleveland 1

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Well, that’s 4 hours and 4 minutes you’ll never get back. Cubs 5-1 Final.