MLB World Series Game 4 Recap
Indians vs Cubs (Indians lead 3-1)
It could hardly get much better for Jason Kipnis on Saturday, during the World Series Game 4. The Cleveland second baseman broke out of a 7-for-42 postseason slump as he slammed a three-run homer in his hometown ballpark. It helped propel the Indians to the brink of a World Series crown. Kipnis, a suburban Chicago native, provided a backbreaking 402-foot shot to the Wrigley Field bleachers. It led the Indians winning against the Chicago Cubs 7-2 and claiming a 3-1 lead in the World Series. Cleveland could clinch its first big league title since 1948 with a victory on Sunday night at Wrigley Field (Enter Contest).
Corey Kluber allowed one run and scattered five hits over six innings and picked up his second World Series triumph since Tuesday. Kluber (4-1 post-season) struck out six and walked one. He had just one troublesome inning, which was the first. The Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Chicago’s edge was short-lived as Cleveland scored twice in the second inning. They’ve added single runs in the third and sixth and put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh.
The Indians padded their lead in the sixth inning. Lonnie Chisenhall’s one-out sacrifice off reliever Mike Montgomery plated Francisco Lindor to make it 4-1. In the seventh, Kipnis clubbed a three-run homer to right off Travis Wood, the fourth Chicago pitcher of the night. Kipnis’ third postseason home run drove in pinch hitter Coco Crisp, who had doubled, and Rajai Davis, who was hit by a Justin Grimm pitch. The Cubs collected a late token run on Dexter Fowler’s solo homer in the eighth.
Kipnis went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Teammate Carlos Santana also had three hits, including a second-inning home run. Kluber threw 81 pitches before being taken out the game. Fowler’s leadoff home run in the eighth off Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller was the first run the left-hander has allowed in 16 postseason innings. Miller, who worked two innings of relief in his second straight appearance, could also be in the mix again for Sunday.