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World Series Game 3: Indians Win Epic 1-0 Shut Out Over Cubs

Indians Coco Crisp. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The buzz after Game 2 of the World Series, was how the Cubs fans and Wrigley Field were anxiously waiting for the start of Game 3 since it would be the first Fall Classic in 71 years in Chicago’s North Side. The evidence of the excitement was true in the Wrigleyville bars as Cubs fans lined up 15 hours before the first pitch. What better evidence is that fans are also willing to pay the bars cover charge of up to $250 dollars, which is the next best option if you don’t have tickets for the game.

As for the game, the Indians started righty Josh Tomlin, who has been with the Tribe organization since making his MLB debut in 2010, and he entered the game with a 2-0 record in the postseason, a 2.53 ERA, and 10 Ks in 10.2 innings.

The Cubs countered with right hander Kyle Hendricks, who last pitched in Game 6 of the NLCS and dominated the Dodgers leading the Cubs to the Pennant clinching victory. In this seasons postseason, he entered the game 1-2, a 1.65 ERA, with 11 Ks in 16.1 innings.

In the first inning, Kyle Hendricks, who entered the game looking to continue his dominance from the Pennant clinching Game 6 against the LA Dodgers, struck out lead-off hitter Carlos Santana for the first out. Then after Jason Kipnis beat out a soft infield hit to first, Francisco Lindor followed with a line drive single to centerfield moving Kipnis to third base.  With two runners on and the Indians threatening, Hendricks attempted a pick-off of Lindor at first and after the Cubs challenged, the slick shortstop was called out. Next batter Mike Napoli then went down on strikes to end the inning.

In the bottom of the frame, Indians starter Josh Tomlin retired the Cubs in order on a fly out sandwiched by two ground outs.

The Indians got back to work against Hendricks in the second with a lead-off single off the bat of Jose Ramirez. But the righty induced a ground ball out from Lonnie Chisenhall and then Roberto Perez grounded into an inning ending double play.

Cubs Ben Zobrist continued his hot World Series hitting with a lead-off single, but was left stranded as Tomlin retired the next three batters to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.

In the top of the third, Hendricks retired his third and fourth straight batters before allowing a walk to Carlos Santana, but calmly struck out Kipnis on four pitches to end the inning.

Both starters continued to work out of jams keeping the offense off balance as they worked their way in and out of trouble.  The key to the game would be who would falter first and give the other team the needed edge.

The Indians finally got to Hendricks knocking him out of the game in the top of the fifth after he walked the bases loaded with one out. But skipper Joe Maddon brought on Justin Grimm and he induced an inning ending double play off the bat of Francisco Lindor, to get out of the inning and keep at 0-0.

In the fifth inning, and Tomlin cruising along, he allowed a lead-off single to Jorge Soler and after he retired the next two batters, manager Terry Francona brought in Andrew Miller and he retired pinch hitter Miguel Montero on a line drive to right field to end the inning.

Cubs skipper Joe Maddon entrusted the top of the 6th in the hands of Carl Edwards, Jr and he retired the Indians in order, striking out Chisenhall to end the inning.

But the Indians finally broke through with a run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single off the bat of Coco Crisp scoring Michael Martinez who pinch ran for Roberto Perez.

The Cubs had their chances and non bigger then the bottom of the ninth after Anthony Rizzo led off with an opposite field single to left. Chris Coghlan was then inserted to run for Rizzo and after Zobrist struck out and Willson Contreras grounded out, pinch hitter Jason Heyward hit a ground ball to first base, but Napoli fielded the ball off his chest and allowed Heyward to reach safely moving Coghlan to third.

Indians Closer Cody Allen, who hasn’t given up a run in nine postseason innings, struck out Javier Baez, with the tying and winning runs in scoring position.

Game Notes

Cleveland becomes first team to pitch five shutouts in the postseason.

No extra base hits in the game by the Indians in their victory.

25th 1-0 game in World Series history.

Cubs were 0 for 7 with RISP and 7 LOB.

Indians were 1 for 5 with RISP and 7 LOB.

Wrigley Fields capacity = 41, 268, and game attendance was 41,703.

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