MLB World Series Game 5 Recap
Indians vs Cubs (Indians lead 3-2)
Aroldis Chapman usually never works much more than an inning as Chicago Cubs closer. With a win-or-be-eliminated situation in the World Series Game 5, Cubs manager prepared Chapman to be ready to enter the game earlier if needed to. Chapman worked a season-high 2 2/3 innings in relief to preserve a one-run lead as the Chicago Cubs stayed alive in the World Series Game 5 with a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Chapman struck out four, including Jose Ramirez for the final out to secure his fourth postseason save. He threw 42 pitches to 10 hitters and secured Chicago’s first World Series win at Wrigley Field since Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 8, 1945 against Detroit. The Cubs now trail 3-2 as the World Series shifts back to Cleveland for Game 6 on Tuesday (Enter Contests). Game 7, if necessary, would be played Wednesday in Cleveland.
Chicago denied the Indians’ bid to clinch their first World Series championship since 1948. Cubs’ starter Jon Lester improved to 3-1 in the postseason (1-1 in the World Series) after allowing two runs over six innings. He threw 90 pitches with 42 coming in his final two innings. Indians starter Trevor Bauer (0-2 in the series and the postseason) gave up three runs in a four-inning outing.
Jose Ramirez gave the Indians a 1-0 lead by hitting a two-out home run to left on an 0-1 pitch. It was his first home run of the postseason. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant matched it in the fourth with a leadoff home run to left, his second of the postseason, as the Cubs started to rough up Bauer in what turned into a three-run fourth. Cleveland cut a 3-1 deficit in half in the sixth off Lester as Francisco Lindor’s two-out base hit to center scored Rajai Davis.
In the seventh, Mike Napoli reached on a leadoff single off reliever Carl Edwards Jr. and advanced to second on a passed ball. The Cubs then turned to Chapman, who closed the inning without any scoring. Chapman struck out Yan Gomes to open the eighth but was out of position when first baseman Anthony Rizzo stopped a Rajai Davis grounder down the line but had no one to throw it to. Davis, the potential tying run, then stole second with one out and third with two gone. However, Chapman ended the threat by striking out Lindor looking.
Despite the loss, the Indians return to Cleveland with two chances to clinch the World Series. The last time the Indians clinched the World Series at home was in 1920 against Brooklyn Dodgers.