The Cleveland Indians have taken a 2-1 lead in the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night. Four Indians pitcher combined for a shutout and they only allowed five hits in the 1-0 win at Wrigley Field.
Game 3 starter Josh Tomlin pitched 4.2 innings of two-hit ball with only one walk and a strikeout. He also played in front of his father, who is paralyzed from the chest down due to a rare medical condition. It was a great moment for the Tomlin family since his son helped the Indians take a 2-1 series lead.
Andrew Miller got the win after pitching 1.1 innings when pinch-hitter Coco Crisp hit the only RBI in the game at the top of the seventh inning. He hit a single off of Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. with Michael Martinez scoring the only run.
Bryan Shaw then pitched 1.2 innings of two-hit ball to preserve the lead before closer Cody Allen entered the eighth inning for a four-out save. Allen pitched 1.1 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three batters.
The Indians closer got into a little trouble at the bottom of the ninth when Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a single with no outs. Chris Coghlan came in to pitch run but Ben Zobrist struck out swinging while Wilson Contreras grounds out.
Coghlan, now at second base, moved to third when Indians Mike Napoli committed an error on Jason Heyward’s ground ball. However, Allen struck out Javier Baez to end the game and give the Indians a 2-1 lead in the 2016 World Series.
Game 4 of the 2016 World Series will be on Saturday with the Indians giving the start to Corey Kluber, who pitched magnificently in Game 1. On the other hand, the Cubs are going to start veteran right-hander John Lackey.