The Cleveland Indians flexed their muscle against the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the 2016 World Series with a 6-0 win at Progressive Field. Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen shut the Cubs’ offense out as the Indians take a 1-0 lead.
Kluber pitched a great game as he made history in his first World Series game by striking eight batters through the first three innings. His two-seam fastball was unhittable and he finished the game with a total of nine strikeouts in six shutout innings while only allowing four hits.
“It’s almost like you have that extra level of intensity or focus and stuff that it’s not really something you can replicate. If I had to guess, I would say that. I’m really just trying to treat it like any other start,” Kluber on his Game 1 performance, per CNN.com.
On the other hand, Cubs starter Jon Lester started the 2016 World Series with two quick outs in five pitches but he allowed a single to Francisco Lindor. Lester then walked Mike Napoli and Carlos Santano to load the bases.
Jose Ramirez hit a single to drive Lindor home for the first run of the 2016 World Series. Lester then hit the next batter, Brandon Guyer, to send Napoli home for a 2-0 lead. Cubs manager Joe Maddon told the media after the game that the first two walks really hurt his team.
“The first inning hurt. The walks, not even the dribbler or the hit batter. It was about the walks prior to that that really hurt us,” Maddon said, via Yahoo! Sports.
Indians catcher Roberto Perez had the biggest game of his career when he hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. He added an insurance three-run home run in the eighth inning against Cubs reliever Hector Rondon.
Andrew Miller had a shaky two innings of relief appearance but he was able to get out of jams in the seventh and eighth innings. Cody Allen closed the game by striking out Miguel Montero.
Game 2 of the 2016 World Series will be on Wednesday, October 26 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Indians will give the ball to Trevor Bauer, who exited Game 3 of the ALCS, due to an injured right pinkie finger from repairing his drone.
As for the Cubs, reigning NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta will get the start as Chicago looks to tie the 2016 World Series up. The Indians are in a great position as 12 of the last 13 World Series winners won Game 1.