Cubs Stay Alive by Winning Game 5Read Now
The Cubs live to fight another day, a raucous Chicago crowd was not ready to see their team roll over after waiting 71 years to be back in the big game. The Cubs, facing a 3-1 deficit, backs against the wall like never before, stepped up in the biggest game of their lives, but it was not always smooth sailing in this game 5 at Wrigley. Jon Lester, the Cubs best pitcher, the guy every Cubs fan wanted on the mound in an elimination game, came through big time for the Cubbies, just a regular day at the office for Jon though. Lester got off to an incredible striking out the side in the first inning, he was the first pitcher to do that in the World Series since John Smoltz in 1996, so it's definitley not something you see everyday. In the second inning every Cubs fan heart would drop into their stomach when Jose Ramirez hit a solo bomb to put the Indians up 1-0 in the second. Lester would settle back down right after that looking like it didn't even phase him, probably because it didn't. Trevor Bauer, the game 5 starting pitcher for the Indians, was cruising through 3 innings, facing just 10 batters, and striking out 5 of them. Then the 4th inning came around, this has been the inning where the Cubs bats seem to come alive, I don't know if it's because it's the second time through the lineup so they're getting more comfortable against the starter or what, but something certainly starts to click during that inning. Kris Bryant, who has been absolutely miserable in this World Series, finally was the sparkplug the Cubs needed him to be, he hit a solo homerun to lead off the inning, and tied the game up at 1. Anthony Rizzo, Bryant's partner in crime, would follow up Bryant's home run with a double to get the go ahead run in scoring position all by himself. Ben Zobrist would get a single moving Rizzo to third, leaving runners at the corners for Addison Russell, mind you that there's still no outs at this point. Addison Russell would hit a short little chopper to third, Rizzo who was busting it down the line on first contact scored with no play at the plate, and Russell was able to beat the ball out for an infield single. Now with runners on first and second no outs, Jason Heyward came to the plate, automatic strike out, shouldn't of even made the pitcher throw the pitches, so now the Cubs had 1 out with two men on, and Javy Baez coming to the plate. Baez would lay down a beaut of a bunt, loading the bases for the Cubs player coach David Ross. Ross the savvy veteran that he is made sure to get at least one run across, he didn't try to do too much, just hit a fly ball deep enough to left to score the run from third making the score 3-1. Lester was the next batter, he struck out, and that was that. Lester would give a run back in the 6th on a Francisco Lindor RBI single, I can't say enough about this kid, 23 years old, and he's playing out of his mind in the biggest series of his career, that's a true superstar right there. Aroldis Chapman would come in to get the biggest save of his career, to make matters even worse he'd have to get 8 outs for this save. That's baseball for ya now a days in the sabermetrics era, no more trusting relievers to bridge the gap between your starter and best reliever, just extend the amount of outs your closer has to get. Thankfully for the Cubs the Yankees blessed them with one of the best closer's in the game and Chapman was able to get the job done, the Cub would win 3-2, and pick up there first World Series win at Wrigley in 71 years. Cubs head back to Cleveland needing to win both games to win the series, will the Indians get to win the World Series on their home field, or will the Cubs be able to break the curse in Cleveland.
Djack- Chief editor