The Chicago Cubs jumped out to an early lead over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the World Series, taking away the home team’s greatest advantage.
Game 2 was a bit different, as the Indians trotted out seven pitchers, none of which were named Kluber, Miller or Allen.
Trevor Bauer got the start, and although he only made it through 3 2/3 innings, he only allowed two runs. The other six pitchers combined to allow three total runs, with none coming after the fifth inning.
An early 5-0 lead by the Cubs took away the possibility of Andrew Miller being a factor in the game, which is the Indians’ main formula for success. Any time he enters the game, fans are confident in the team’s ability to win.
But while the pitching gave up five runs and didn’t allow Miller a chance to enter, the offense did nothing to help the cause. Only one run was scored, and it came via a wild pitch in the sixth inning, giving the Indians their only run in the game.
While it was a frustrating night at the plate, credit must be given to Jake Arrieta, who returned to his Cy Young form by throwing 5 2/3 innings, and only allowing that one run. His outing allowed the Cubs to follow a formula often used by the Indians, as Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman combined to pitch the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing no runs and striking out six. Montgomery’s dominance paralleled what Miller was able to do in Game 1.
The series now heads to Chicago for three games, where the Indians just need to win one to ensure a Game 6 in Cleveland, although it would be much nicer for the series to end in Game 5 with an Indians victory.
While we wait for Friday’s Game 3, let’s take a look at the news surrounding the Indians and the rest of the MLB in today’s edition of A.M. Wahoo’s.
Cleveland Indians News:
"It was a cold night at Progressive Field on Wednesday for the second game of the World Series, and I’m not talking about the weather."
"For the entire postseason, fans of the Cleveland Indians have been treated to how good the Tribe can be when things are going right."
"When the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Friday — knotted at one win apiece after the Indians fell to the Cubs, 5-1, in Game 2 on Wednesday night — the Tribe hopes to get more of the same from right-hander Josh Tomlin, the unheralded veteran who has enjoyed tremendous success on the postseason stage this month."
"Kyle Schwarber walked to the plate with barely a limp on Tuesday night."
"Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes intends to opt out of his contract with the New York Mets after the World Series."