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World Series Game 2: Arrieta, Schwarber Propel Cubs To Take Game 2

The Chicago Cubs evened the series Wednesday night, behind a remarkable start by Jake Arrieta and the bat of Kyle Schwarber.  Schwarber drove in two of the Cubs five runs, and all Arrieta did was bring a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

After getting shutout in game one, the Cubs made sure it wasn’t going to happen again.  Anthony Rizzo scorched a Trevor Bauer pitch down the right field line, scoring Kris Bryant who reached on a one-out single.  It was the first run Chicago has scored in a World Series game since Peanuts Lowrey scored on a Bill Nicholson double in the eighth inning in game seven of the 1945 World Series.

Jake Arrieta quickly got to work getting the first two batters he faced out.  He got himself into a little trouble with back-to-back walks to Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli, but it would be short lived after getting Jose Ramirez to fly out to center ending the threat.  Arrietta would set the Indians down in order the next couple of innings before issuing his third walk of the game in the fourth to Ramirez.

With Arrieta cruising along, the Cubs would add to the lead in the third inning off a Schwarber RBI single.  It was his second hit of the series but wouldn’t be his last.  He would add another hit and RBI in the fifth during the Cubs 3-run inning bringing the score to 5-0.

With every out that Jake Arrieta was recording without allowing a hit, he was inching closer to the record books and etching his name in the annals of baseball history.  Cleveland would finally get a hit off the big righty breaking up the no-hit bid with one out in the sixth.  Jason Kipnis who was hitless up to this point, smacked a double to right-center.  Kipnis moved over to third after a Lindor groundout, and would score shortly after on a wild pitch by Arrieta.  That ended the shutout and the night for Big Jake as he would be taken out of the game.

The Cubs bullpen would finish what Arrieta started allowing just two hits and two walks over the remaining 3.1 innings.  Aroldis Chapman came in with two outs in the eighth and recorded a strikeout on a 103-mph fastball.

Trevor Bauer started the game for the Indians, and it would be the first time on the mound for him since the bloody pinky incident in the ALCS.  He lasted just 3.2 innings giving up six hits and two runs.  Cleveland’s pitching staff had control issues most of the night surrendering eight walks to Cubs hitters.

With Thursday being a travel day, the series shifts to Chicago and Wrigley Field on Friday.  Cleveland sends Josh Tomlin to the mound to face the Cubs Kyle Hendricks.

TOP PERFORMERS

Cubs
Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Kyle Schwarber: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI
Ben Zobrist: 2-for-4, R, RBI

Indians
Jason Kipnis: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
Mike Napoli: 2-for-4

John Ginder

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In the past John has been a part of such successful sites as MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net.John was born and raised in upstate New York and has a love of all sports but mainly baseball. He has grown used to heartache with his teams as he roots for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres too.John has a loving and understanding wife and is the the proud father of two amazing boys.He also loves heavy metal music.