2016: Game Recaps
The 2016 Major League Baseball season is over and the Chicago Cubs are World Champions as they defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a dramatic Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night from Progressive Field.
It’s heartbreak time in Cleveland once again as the Indians were up three games to one before the effects of an injury-depleted starting rotation finally surfaced against the top team in baseball. The Indians battled down to the wire with the Cubs in a Game 7 that will go down as one of the all-time greatest games in the history of the national pastime.
For the Cubs, their 108-year title drought is over. For the Indians, the void in the baseball championship landscape will grow to a 69th year.
Six RBI from shortstop Addison Russell and another strong pitching performance from Chicago’s Jake Arrieta helped the Cubs force a Game 7 in the World Series with a 9-3 win over the Indians at Cleveland’s Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
A return home for the Indians was not enough to clinch the club’s first title since 1948, even with the last living member of that season’s team, Eddie Robinson, in attendance at Game 6 of the World Series. Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin was rocked for six runs in the first three innings and the Indians once again failed to answer the call when opportunity knocked.
The Chicago win forces a winner-takes-all showdown on Wednesday night for the title of World Champions.
With their 103-win season and 108-year championship drought at stake, the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Cleveland Indians by a 3-2 final in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night in the final game at Wrigley Field in the 2016 season.
The Cubs, who have made fans wait a long time for a return to glory, waited until the third and final game in Chicago to get their first World Series win secured at Wrigley Field since 1945. They avoided a home field sweep by the Indians, who had their sights set on clinching the championship on the road in dramatic fashion. The win keeps the hopes alive for the Chicago media darlings, who now trail the best-of-seven series, 3-2. The Fall Classic now returns to Cleveland for the remaining games, as necessary.
The Indians pitching staff contained the Cubs lineup once again, limiting the power-packed bunch to just three runs on the night. The bigger story line for Cleveland, however, was the team’s inability to deliver in the clutch as they missed countless opportunities throughout the contest, all of which loomed large in the one-run defeat for the Tribe.
The Chicago Cubs had no answer for Corey Kluber on extended rest in Game 1 of the World Series. The Cubs had no answer for Kluber on short rest in Game 4 either, as the Cleveland Indians came back from an early deficit to defeat the Cubs for the second straight night at Wrigley Field, 7-2, to put the Tribe just one win from a World Series championship with three possible games left to play.
The storybook season for the city of Cleveland continued on Saturday night as the underdog Indians went into the Cubs legendary home and drove a dagger into the hearts of Chicago fans hoping to end their 108-year title drought. The Indians had one thing on their minds – ending their own 68-year streak without a championship – and have just one win standing in their way.
The Chicago Cubs have waited 71 years to host a World Series game. Their fans will have to wait at least one more day to get their first home win since Game 6 of the 1945 World Series as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Cubs, 1-0, in an instant playoff classic from Wrigley Field on Friday night.
For six innings, the score was deadlocked at zero as both starters, Josh Tomlin and Kyle Hendricks, kept the opposition off of the scoreboard while exiting before completing the fifth inning. Bullpens took over and continued to put goose eggs on the board until the seventh, when the Indians put together the rally that they needed. After grabbing a one-run lead, the bullpen tandem of Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen took over for Andrew Miller and walked a tight rope, but pulled out the victory.
Chicago starter Jake Arrieta froze the Cleveland bats, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and his offense jumped on Trevor Bauer and the Indians bullpen to even up the World Series at one win a piece in a 5-1 Cubs win on Wednesday night.
With rain in the forecast throughout the day in Cleveland and a cool fall feel in the air, the Cubs and Indians played Game 2 from Progressive Field as the Chicago bats woke up while those of their opponents slumbered.
All eyes were on Bauer in the first, waiting for the stitched together right pinkie finger of the young right-handed starter to hemorrhage blood as it had done in the second game of the American League Championship Series against Toronto. The finger held together just fine, but Bauer’s command was not nearly as crisp as the air and Chicago touched him up for a run in their first at bats of the night.
You can pinch yourself all you want, Cleveland fans. You’re living the dream.
The Cleveland Indians, backed by six-plus strong innings from Corey Kluber, gutsy relief work from Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and two big blasts from Roberto Perez, blanked the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, 6-0.
For fans in downtown Cleveland, it was a tale of fiction come to life as the Indians opened the World Series while the little brother Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their 2015-2016 NBA title next door with a ring ceremony and the raising of the championship banner at Quicken Loans Arena. While the Cavs honored the end of Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought, the Indians worked to end the four-month drought plaguing the city for the grueling summer months as the cool air of October settled over the northeast Ohio region.
The Cleveland Indians blanked the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0, on Wednesday afternoon to claim the American League pennant and a trip to the World Series for the first time since 1997.
Ryan Merritt channeled his inner Gene Bearden and gave the Indians nearly half a game of shutout baseball. Supported by a first inning run and a pair of home runs later, the young southpaw handed the game over to the dominating Indians bullpen, who got the final 14 outs to send the city of Cleveland to yet another world championship series in 2016.
They say all good things must come to an end, and such was the case on Tuesday afternoon as the Cleveland Indians saw their franchise-record six-game postseason winning streak conclude behind a strong pitching performance from the Toronto staff and the reemergence of their bats in a 5-1 win by the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
The Indians had no answer for 24-year-old right-hander Aaron Sanchez, one of the Jays’ All-Stars this season in his third year in the Majors. Coming off of a 15-win regular season and a tidy 3.00 ERA, he kept the Jays in the ball game by keeping the Cleveland bats at bay and his offense provided its first burst of runs against the Indians in the series and did so against their ace, Corey Kluber.
“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned.” The quote from LeBron James has become a silent mantra for the city of Cleveland and was certainly appropriate for the Indians this season. Monday night proved to be no different as, despite losing starter Trevor Bauer just two outs into the first inning with blood gushing from his stitched together right pinkie finger, the Tribe bullpen combined with four runs of offense to defeat the Blue Jays, 4-2, in Toronto in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
The improbable, incomprehensible, and magical victory for the Indians moved the club just one win from clinching the American League pennant with four chances remaining to drive the final nail into the Blue Jays’ coffin for 2016. As obstacle after obstacle and distraction after distraction has stood menacingly in the way of the Indians this season and again in the postseason, a team of destiny appears not only up to the task of defying the odds, but defeating them in the most unrealistic of ways.
Cleveland pitching held the Toronto offense to just three hits and a third inning two-out RBI-single from Francisco Lindor proved to be the difference as the Indians took Game 2 of the ALCS from the Blue Jays, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon.
In what looked to be another dangerous matchup for Josh Tomlin against another team built on the home run ball, the Indians’ veteran right-hander stood up strong to the task and kept the Blue Jays in the yard. Cleveland could not do much against 20-game winner J.A. Happ, but the runs that they got were enough for a big victory to keep home field advantage in the Tribe’s favor.
A two-run home run from Francisco Lindor gave the Indians all of the runs that they needed as Cleveland blanked the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-0, in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night.
The city of Cleveland hosted a playoff classic at Progressive Field as the ALCS continued an impressive and exciting run of competitive postseason action across Major League Baseball this October. Corey Kluber and Marco Estrada put on a clinic on the mound, but it was Kluber and the Tribe bullpen who came away victorious while Estrada was dealt a complete game defeat.