Indians sending Bauer to mound with Series title in reach

The Indians padded their lead in the third and sixth innings; the Cubs advanced two men as far as second base.

On October 6, 1945, a month after the end of World War II, a Chicago tavern owner named William "Billy" Sianis went to Wrigley Field, intending to attend Game 4 of the World Series with his pet goat, Murphy.

With a solid start by Jon Lester and a heroic eight-out save by Aroldis Chapman, this was enough for Chicago to escape with a 3-2 win. "That's the bottom line". There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day. "There's no looking past that". Look, it's been 1,000,001 years since the Cubs won a World Series. Nor did their fans, who packed Wrigley Field and the neighboring bars. All who watched Game 5 endured a 3-hour, 27-minute affair, which was, believe it or not, the second-fastest World Series game this year.

By the time Javier Baez grounded to pitcher Dan Otero to end the game, there was nearly an eerie quiet inside Wrigley after the 102-year-old ballpark had been rocking.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon remains confident his side can claim victory on Sunday and send the series into a sixth game on Tuesday in Cleveland. More than anything, when you're not hitting like that, the whole vibe's very hard to push in that real positive direction.

The drama will only pick up in the coming days, so make sure you don't miss the last two games of the year. "You know the task". It's hard especially this time of the year. We just need that one moment. Never mind that they would also be first team to do that since the 1985 Kansas City Royals and the first to do it by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. They lost the next one at home to the Tigers and have been haunted by curses and disappointment in the decades since then.

But for fans who have suffered through it all, this team has provided hope for them like no other.

He - like Tomlin - would be pitching on short rest, unlike Arrieta and Hendricks. There's your quick and dirty guide to the Cubs' chances of upsetting the Indians in the 2016 World Series.

I'm not even a baseball fan and I want this ride to continue.

Dexter Fowler homered off super reliever Andrew Miller in the eighth inning, and perhaps the Cubs can take that into Game 5. Lindor had two hits, an RBI and scored a run. But a team that finished third in the majors in runs, once again failed to produce. It's been happening since Arizona beat the Yankees in seven games in 2002 after the regular season was delayed by the September 11 terror attacks. Performance does. And when the Cubs made things easy for Kluber in the fifth with their impatience, he didn't even have to perform much.

But they struck quickly against Kluber, who struck out nine over six superb innings in a 6-0 win in Game 1.

He had the crowd roaring in the second inning when he ran in and caught a foul pop by Carlos Santana that catcher David Ross deflected near the first base dugout.

Lackey simply couldn't match that. In five postseason starts, the 30-year-old pitcher has an ERA of just 0.89.

Cleveland tacked on another run in the top of the third, when Kipnis led off with a double and Francisco Lindor brought him home with a single to make it 3-1.

"I feel like we are trying to do too much", Montero said. "We score a run and they score a run".

"It's just excitement. I had a lot of joy in playing this game", he said, "and to be put into a situation like this and actually have something happen like that is, for lack of a better term, it's a dream come true". That's just the name of the game. This guy played in the National Football League, so unless he's got a kid with him, baseball etiquette dictates you have to try and barehand any potential souvenirs that come your way.

  • Marlene Weaver