World Series 2016 Game 3: Indians @ Cubs

Ok, here’ s why getting the split away during the 1st 2 games of a 7 game Series is important- it’s not that Home Field advantage (they only have 2 left and you have 3) passes to you, or even that you really expect to get a close out sweep (though it’s certainly possible even if it’s a tad inconvenient from a crowd control standpoint). Nope. It’s that you’ve proven that you can win at your opponent’s Ballpark and they haven’t… yet.

Now normally for the Senior League team this is really important because you have the added benefit of forcing your Junior League competition to bat their Pitcher who’s usually pretty terrible at it (why do you think he’s in the Junior League?) and hasn’t practiced all year. Also most Junior League teams keep around an elderly former “star” who once could actually play Baseball but is now too creaky even to hit let alone field and draws down a huge multi-year contract that keeps you from signing anyone talented just to put butts in the seats during your 162 game mausoleum freak show tour.

If I want to see dead people walking I’ll scope out the smoking lounge at a funeral parlor. You think I’m creepy? Well, I don’t do it as often as I used to- restraining orders.

This year however is kind of a Mirror, Mirror Trek where the Indians play small Ball (put runners on base and score them) and the Cubbies have the big… well, clubs.

And it bites them in the ass today and probably for the rest of their stay at the friendly confines of Wrigley since they have decided that Kyle Schwarber who has just came back from a torn knee in Game 2 of the World Series after leaving the field on April 7th is too fragile for the Outfield. This is unfortunate for the Cubs as his 2 RBIs represent 1/3rd of their entire run production this Series.

Still, the Indians only have the one pitcher, Kluber, and the Cubs have 3 including tonight’s starter Hendricks who has only 1 Win, 1 Loss and a No Decision with a 1.65 ERA. On paper Tomlin is a match with 2 Victories, but his ERA is an unspectacular 2.53 and he’s never stayed in for a 6 full Innings. That would mean more if we hadn’t had a travel day yesterday, still the wear and tear on the Indians Bullpen and Starters has got to factor in at some point if it didn’t already start to in Game 2.

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  1. Vent Hole

  2. First Pitch Strike

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Carlos Santana struck out

  3. Swinging. 1 Done

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Jason Kipnis singles

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Francisco Lindor singles; Kipnis to 3rd

  4. Oops, a single

  5. Corners

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Lindor out at first after wandering too far

  6. Pitch Out. 2 Done

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Mike Napoli struck out to end the top if the 1st

  7. KO. Bottom 1st

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Bottom of the 1st: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

  8. First Pitch Ball

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Dexter Fowler grounds out

  9. Ground Out. 1 Gone

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Kris Bryant flies to left-center field

  10. Fly Out. 2 Gone

  11. Top 2nd

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Anthony Rizzo grounds to end the 1st inning

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Top of the 2nd Inning: Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Jose Ramirez lead of single

  12. A comedy of Errors. 1 On

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Lonnie Chisenhall singles; Ramirez out at 2nd

  13. Fielder’s Choice

  14. Double Play. Bottom 2nd

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Roberto Perez grounds into a double play to end the top of the 2nd

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Bottom of the 2nd inning: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

    • BobbyK on October 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Phew. Out of the jam.

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Ben Zobrist grounds into a single

  15. A real hit

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Wilson Contreras grounds out. Zobrist to 2nd

  16. Sacrifice

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Jorge Soler struck out

  17. Swinging for 2

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Javier Baez flies out to center to end the 2nd inning

    No score

  18. Top 3rd

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Top of the 3rd inning: Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Tyler Naquin lined out t

  19. Line Out Shortstop

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Josh Tomlin struck out

  20. KO #3. 2 Gone

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Santana walked

  21. 2 Out Walk

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Kipnis struck out to wend the top of the 3rd

    No score

  22. KO. Bottom 3rd

    • BobbyK on October 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Way to go Hendricks

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Bottom of the 3rd ining: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    heat wave in Chicago 62 F with winds 5mph SSW gust to 14,3

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Russell grounds out

  23. Ground Out. 1

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Kyle Hendricks grounds out

  24. Another. 2

  25. Top 4th

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Fowler lined out to right to end the 3rd inning

    No score

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Top of the 4th inning: Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Lindor lead off single

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Napoli struck out. Strike out 5 for Hendricks

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Ramirez singles; Lindor to 2nd

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Chisenhall singles: Ramirez out at 2nd; Lindor to 3rd

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Perez struck out to end the top 4th inning

    No score

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Bottom of the 4th Inning: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Bryant lead off walk

  26. Worked out a Walk

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Rizzo fouls out

  27. Foul Pop. 1

    • BobbyK on October 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Zobe!

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Zobrist grounds into a double play

  28. Force. 2

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Contreras flies out to center

  29. Top 5th

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    End of the 4th No Score

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Top of the 5th: Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Naquin lead of single

  30. Leadoff Single, ugh.

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Tomlin sacrifice bunts out; Naquin to 2nd

  31. Sacrifice. Runner on 2nd

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Santana walked. 2 on; 1 out

  32. Another Walk. 2 On 1 Out

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Kipnis walked to load the bases with 1 out

  33. Walk. Loaded. 1 Out

  34. And… a Pitching Change

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Cubs Pitching change: Justin Grimm in for Hendricks

  35. Double Play. Bottom 5th

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Lindor grounds into a double play to end the top of the 5th

    No score

    • BobbyK on October 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    That looked like it hurt the first baseman’s hand.

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Bottom of the 5th: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Soler lead of single

  36. `A nice single. Yay!

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Baez grounds out; Soler to 2nd

  37. Sacrifice. 1 Done

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Russell grounds out;

  38. Gound Out. No advance

  39. Tomlin rides the pine

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Cleveland Pitching change: Andrew Miller in for Tomlin

  40. Top 6th

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Miguel Montero hitting for Grimm, flies out to right field to end the 5th inning

    No Score

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Top of the 6th: Carl Edwards pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Napoli grounds out

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Ramirez pops out

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Chisenhall stuck out to end the top of the 6th.

    No Score

  41. Bottom 6th

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Bottom of the 6th: Andrew Miller pitching for Ceveland

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Fowler struck out

  42. Leadoff KO

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Bryant struck out. 2 outs

  43. Back to Back KOs

  44. KO.

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Rizzo struck out to end the 6th inning

    No score

  45. Top 7th.

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Top of the 7th inning: Carl Edwards pitching for the Cubs

  46. Leadoff Single

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Perez lead off line drive single

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Michael Martinez running for Perez

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Naquin sacrifice bunt, Martinez to 2nd. 1 out

  47. Sacrifice. Runner at 2nd.

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Martinez to 3rd on a wild pitch

  48. Passed Ball. Runner at 3rd

  49. Attempted Pitch Out. Walk. Runners at Corners

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Rajal Davis walked

  50. RBI Bunt. Indians 1 – 0

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Coco Crisp hitting for Miller, singles. Martinez scores. Davis out at 3rd. 2 outs

    Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Cubs pitching change: Mike Montgomery in for Edwards

  51. Bottom 7th

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Kipnis grounds out to end the top of the 7th

    Celveland 1 – Cubs 0

  52. Bill Murray- Take Me Out To The Ball Game

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Bill Murray singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”

    • BobbyK on October 28, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Daffy

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Bottom of the 7th: Bryan Shaw pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Zobrist grounds out

  53. Broken Bat Out

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Contreras grounds out. 2 outs

  54. 2 Down Put Out

  55. 2 Out Triple

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Soler triples on a fly bal to right

  56. Ouch. Top 8th

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Baez grounds out to end the 7th inning.

    Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Top of the 8th: Mike Montgomery pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Lindor grounds out

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Cubs pitching change: Pedro Strop in for Montgomery

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Napoli struck out. 2 outs

  57. Bottom 8th

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Ramirez flies out to left field to end the top of the 8th

    Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Bottom of the 8th:: Bryan Shaw pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Russell struck out

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Kyle Schwarber hitting for Strop, flies out to infield

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Fowler singles with 2 outs

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Cleveland pitching change: Cody Allen in for Shaw

  58. Top 9th

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Bryant strikes oput to end the 8th inning.

    Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Top of the 9th: Aroldis Chapman pitching for Cubs

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Chisenhall struck out

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Martinez struck out. 2 outs

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Yan Gomes ground s out to end the top of the 9th

    Cleveland 1 Cubs 0

  59. Bottom 9th

    • BobbyK on October 28, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Let’s go Cubs!

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Bottom of the 9th: Cody Allen pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Rizzo lead off single

  60. Hey! We got a Base Hit!

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Chris Coghlan running for Rizzo

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Zobrist struck out

  61. K. 1

  62. Hit and Run. 2 Out

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Contreras grounds out; Coghlan to 2nd

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Jason Heyward singles; Coghlan to 3rd

  63. A Single. Corners

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Heyward steals 2nd

  64. Stolen Base

    • BobbyK on October 28, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Wait till next game.

    • TMC on October 28, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Baez struck out to end the game

    Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

    Cleveland leads the series 2 – 1

  65. Ugh. Indians 1 – 0 Final

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