The Chicago Cubs have evened the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 with a 5-1 win at Progressive Field. Jake Arrieta pitched 5.2 innings of two-hit ball while Kyle Schwarber drove in a pair of runs as the series now shifts to Wrigley Field for Games 3 through 5.
Arrieta did not allow a hit until the sixth inning when he gave up a one-out single to Jason Kipnis. He then allowed another hit and an earned run before being replaced by Mike Montgomery. His final stat line is 5.2 innings pitched, two hits allowed, one run, three walks, and six strikeouts.
“I kind of had my foot on the gas a little too much at the start, trying to do more than I needed to. I really got back to just executing good pitches towards the bottom of the strike zone,” Arrieta said after the game, via MLB.com.
Montgomery did his best Andrew Miller impersonation as he pitched two full innings and only allowing two hits and a walk. He also struck out four batters with Aroldis Chapman recording the final four outs of the game.
On the other hand, Indians starter Trevor Bauer lasted only 3.2 innings in Game 2 of the 2016 World Series after allowing six hits, two walks, and two earned runs. The Indians also used six additional relievers for the game but the Cubs just continued to score runs.
Cubs designated hitter Kyle Schwarber had two hits and drove in two runs in his second game after missing 159 games due to a knee injury. Anthony Rizzo started the Cubs scoring with an RBI double in the first inning.
Ben Zobrist also drove in a run with Indians reliever Bryan Shaw allowing a run after giving up a walk in bases loaded situation. The Indians managed to score a run in the sixth inning but they failed to solve Montgomery and Chapman.
The 2016 World Series now shifts to Wrigley Field in Chicago and the fans will surely be Flying the W. The Cubs can end their 108-year World Series championship drought if they can win the next three games at home.
“Wrigley, it’s going to be, you know, it’s always good. It’s always crazy good, but I’d have to imagine a little bit more than that, especially coming back at 1-1,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said after the game.
Game of 3 of the 2016 World Series will be on Friday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Cubs have tabbed Kyle Hendricks as their starter and he will be going up against the Indians’ Josh Tomlin.