Put those champagne bottles back in the fridge, Cleveland. At least for now, maybe forever.
Jon Lester tossed six solid innings, Kris Bryant sparked a three-run fourth inning with a solo home run, and Aroldis Chapman recorded an eight-out save to preserve a nail-biting 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Sunday night.
Going into last night’s game, the Cubs, were on the brink of elimination after a lackluster display in their second successive loss before a hushed Wrigley Field crowd. They had fallen 7-2 in Game 4 Saturday night.
But after this nerve-wracking outing, the two clubs move to Cleveland's Progressive Field for Game 6 tomorrow night, when Chicago starter Jake Arrieta will square off against Josh Tomlin. Hey, It isn't farfetched to think the Cubs can still come back to win their first World Series since 1908. I mean this team won 103 games in the regular season, and have won 3 in a row 16 different times during this past season. One game at a time. Now, they need to win 2 in a row. Then one.
Imagine the angst in Cleveland if the Cubs do force a Game 7 against the Indians, who when last seen in the World Series, lost a deciding seventh game after leading in the ninth inning. The pitching matchup would be Hendricks, the NL ERA leader, versus Kluber, who would be making his sixth start this October, and for the third time on three days' rest.
It's elimination games the rest of the way for the Cubs. Anything’s possible.
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