The series was played between October 25 and November 3. The Cubs defeated the Indians when they won 4 games to 3 to win their first World Series since Game 7, an 8—7 victory in extra inningsmarked the fifth time that a Game 7 had gone past nine innings and the first since which, coincidentally, also featured the Indians.
It was also the first to have a rain delay which occurred as the tenth inning was about to start. The Cubs, playing in their eleventh World Series and their first sincewon their third championship and first sinceending the longest world championship drought in North American professional sports history.
It was the Indians' sixth appearance in the World Series and their first sincewith their last Series win having come in The two teams entered their matchup as the two franchises with the longest World Series title droughtsa combined years without a championship. Cleveland manager Terry Franconawho had previously won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in andfell short in his bid to become the third manager, and the first non-Yankees manager, to win his first three trips to the Fall Classic, after Casey Stengel and Joe Torre.
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The Cubs qualified for the postseason by winning the National League Centralending the regular season with the best record in the major leagues —58 for the first time since ; they also posted their highest winning percentage sinceand won their most games since The division title was their sixth since division play began inand their first since It was also Maddon's third World Series appearance overall — inWorld series of dating wiki was bench coach with the Anaheim Angels when they won the World Series in seven games.
The Indians made their sixth appearance in the World Series. They won their first two championships in against the Brooklyn Robins and against the Boston Braves.
They lost their three most recent appearances in the Fall Classic, losing to the New York Giants inthe Atlanta Braves inand the Florida Marlins in The Indians qualified for the postseason by winning the American League Centraltheir eighth division title and their first since For Indians manager Terry Franconait was his third appearance in the World Series, which he entered carrying an unbeaten 8—0 record from past games in the Fall Classic.
Francona has won two World Series championships, in andboth with the Red Sox. This was the third postseason meeting between Francona and Maddon. Kluber made World Series history by striking out eight hitters in the first three innings. In the eighth, Justin Grimm walked Guyer with two outs and allowed a single to Lonnie World series of dating wikithen Hector Rondon allowed Perez's second home run of the night.
Andrew Miller and Cody Allen finished the victory for the Indians despite Miller having to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, and the Indians took Game 1 of the series 6—0.
Former Indians player Carlos Baerga threw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2. The Cubs also featured six players under age 25 in the starting lineup, a postseason record. However, Arrieta got a flyout to end the inning.
The Cubs struck again in the third following a two-out walk by Rizzo and a single by Ben Zobrist. A single by Kyle Schwarber scored Rizzo from second and pushed the Cubs' lead to 2—0. Bauer was forced from the game in the fourth, and the Cubs struck again in the fifth. Arrieta continued to pitch well, walking three batters but holding the Indians without a hit into the sixth inning.
Both teams threatened in the seventh but could not score and, following a single by Mike Napoli in the bottom of the World series of dating wiki, Aroldis Chapman entered to finish the game for the Cubs. The win marked the Cubs' first World Series game victory since and tied up the series at one game all. For Game 3, former Cubs player Billy Williams threw the ceremonial first pitch before the start of the game, and Bill Murray sang " Take Me Out to the Ball Game " during the seventh-inning stretchto mark the Cubs' first World Series night game at home.
It was the fourth time in which the Cubs had lost in a shutout during the postseason. The Cubs struck first when Dexter Fowler doubled to lead off the first and scored on Anthony Rizzo 's one-out single, but Kluber held them to that one run through six innings before Francona turned it over to the bullpen. Kris Bryant committed two errors in that inning. Next inning, Jason Kipnis hit a leadoff double and scored on Francisco Lindor 's single. In the sixth, Lonnie Chisenhall 's sacrifice fly with two on off Mike Montgomery made it 4—1 Indians.
Next inning, Justin Grimm allowed a leadoff double and one-out hit-by-pitch before being relieved by Travis Woodwho gave up a three-run home run to Kipnis put to the Indians ahead 7—1. The Cubs got one run back in the eighth, on a Dexter Fowler home run off Andrew Millerwhich was the first run he gave up in the post-season. Kris Bryant led off the inning with a home run. The Cubs scored three runs in the first inning, all with two outs, on a Kris Bryant home run and a two-run double by World series of dating wiki Russell after two singles off Josh Tomlin.
Following the pitching change, Russell hit a grand slam to extend the World series of dating wiki lead to 7—0. In the bottom of the fourth, Mike Napoli drove in Jason Kipniswho doubled to lead off, with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 7—1. In the bottom of the fifth, Kipnis drove a ball over the left field wall for a home run to make it a 7—2 game. In the top of the ninth with a runner on and two outs, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run to right to make it 9—2.
Game 7 of the series would go down as a classic, with some calling it the greatest World series of dating wiki 7 in World Series history, comparing it toand for its drama and tension. Kluber came into the game 4—1 in the postseason with a 0.
Dexter Fowler led off the game with a home run for Chicago off Kluber, becoming the first player ever to hit a lead-off home run in a World Series Game 7. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Hendricks World series of dating wiki the first two batters.
A two-out walk to Santana persuaded Joe Maddon to relieve his starter. This move, along with others throughout the series, would be highly criticized afterward, as it appeared to some that Hendricks was pulled out too soon. Jon Lesterwho had started Games 1 and 5, came on in relief for the first time since the ALCScoincidentally also against the Indians.
A wild pitch that ricocheted off Ross's helmet allowed Santana and Kipnis to score, narrowing the Cubs' lead to 5—3. Maddon opted to use Aroldis Chapmanwho had thrown 42 pitches in Game 5 and was used in Game 6 despite the fact that the Cubs had already built a large lead.
Brandon Guyer promptly hit a run-scoring double off Chapman, making the score 6—4. The next batter was Indians center fielder Rajai Daviswho had hit 55 career home runs in 11 seasons entering this game, and who was hitting. Davis hit a dramatic 2-run home run off Chapman, just barely clearing the left field wall and the left foul pole, scoring Guyer and tying the game, making the score Davis's home run was the latest-occurring game-tying home run in World Series Game 7 history.