The Chicago Cubs offense came alive in Game 6 of the 2016 World Series as they force a Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians. Addison Russell hit a grand slam in the third inning to quickly put the game away while Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant came alive just in time for Game 7.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin started the game quick by recording two outs in just five pitches. However, Kris Bryant hit a hanging 0-2 curve ball to give the Cubs the early 1-0 lead. Rizzo and Ben Zobrist followed it up with singles before Russell hit a routine fly ball.
However, Indians outfielders Lonnie Chisenhall and Tyler Naquin misplayed the ball leading to two more runs in the top of the first inning. On the other hand, Cubs ace Jake Arrieta dominated early in the first two innings.
The Cubs then loaded the bases in the third inning with a walk and a pair of singles before Terry Francona pulled out his starter. However, reliever Dan Otero gave up a home run to Russell in the next at-bat for the grand slam, first of the 2016 World Series.
According to NJ.com, the 22-year-old Russell became the second-youngest player in history to hit a grand slam in the World Series. New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle was only 21 years old when he hit a grand slam in 1953.
As for the Indians, Jason Kipnis had a great night going 3-for-5 including one home run in the fifth inning. Cleveland got some good hits and score two additional runs but the Cubs pitching was too much. The final score is 9-3 with Anthony Rizzo adding a two runs in the ninth with a two-run shot.
The Indians will use ace Corey Kluber, who pitched Game 1 and 4, in Game 7 while the Cubs will give the ball to MLB’s ERA leader in Kyle Hendricks. Game 7 of the 2016 World Series is on Wednesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland with a start time of 8:08 p.m. ET.