The Cleveland Indians are one win away from their first World Series championship since 1948 after defeating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 in Game 4. Corey Kluber had another great pitching performance, his second in the 2016 World Series, to help the Indians take a 3-1 series lead.
Kluber started Game 4 on short rest after pitching a gem in the Game 1 win in Cleveland. He just allowed one run in six innings with one walk and six strikeouts. He also became the first pitcher since 1990 to win Game 1 and Game 4 on short rest, per CBS Sports.
“I think we like the position we’re in, but the task isn’t done yet. We still have one more game to win, and I think we’re gonna show up tomorrow and we’re gonna play with the same sense of urgency that we’ve played with to this point,” Kluber said after the game, via MLB.com.
Andrew Miller came in the seventh inning and pitched two innings of one-run ball. For the first time in his career, Miller allowed a run in the postseason when Dexter Fowler hit a home run at the bottom of the eighth inning of the 2016 World Series.
Indians closer Cody Allen was not used in the bottom of the ninth as they have a 7-2 lead. Manager Terry Francona went with Dan Otero, who allowed a hit in his first game of the 2016 World Series but prevented whatever the rally the Cubs were hoping to do.
The Cubs scored early in the first inning but Carlos Santano answered in the second with a solo shot off of starter John Lackey. The Indians added another run in the second and one in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead heading into the fourth.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit a sac fly in the sixth inning to add another run before Jason Kipnis put the game away with a three-run home run in the seventh. Kipnis, who is a Chicago native and a Cubs fan growing up, silenced the fans inside Wrigley Field.
The Cubs are in trouble as their hitting hits a slump at the wrong time. Nevertheless, Joe Maddon will start his veteran ace John Lester in Game 5 of the 2016 World Series on Sunday. The Indians, on the other hand, is slated to start Trevor Bauer.