Oct. 29, 2016: Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis celebrates after smacking a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 4 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs( AP Photo/ David J. Phillip)
One more prevail and baseball followers everywhere might ultimately believe in these Cleveland Indians.
That’s all it will take for Corey Kluber& Co. to secure this World Series.
Kluber pitched six sparkling innings on short respite to prevail again, Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer in his hometown and the Indian overpower the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Saturday night to take a 3-1 lead.
Carlos Santana likewise connected for the first of his three smashes as Cleveland moved closer to its first championship since 1948. Trevor Bauer gets the ball Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Game 5 when the Indian try for the franchise’s third World Series name against Jon Lester and the hesitate Cubs.
Not bad for a team that seemed like an underdog all time long. The Indian overpower the protecting champ Royals and star-studded Tigers for the AL Central title, and then eliminated David Ortiz and the Red Sox and the heavy-hitting Blue Jays on their space to the AL pennant.
Then much of the talk centered on the major league-leading Cubs and their 108 -year championship drought. But it’s been mostly Indian once more, with manager Terry Francona pushing all the right buttons while improving to 11 -1 in the World Series.
The Indian will try to delivering another crown to Cleveland, adding to the one LeBron James and the Cavalier deserved earlier this year.
Dexter Fowler doubled and scored in the first for the Cubs, and then homered against Andrew Miller in the eighth. Fowler’s drive to left-center was the first homer for Chicago in the World Series since Phil Cavaretta connected in Game 1 in 1945 and the first lead allows for Miller during his dominant postseason.
In between Fowler’s two smashes, the Cubs came up empty every time they had a chance to applied any pres on the Indians.
Pitching on three days’ respite for the second time, Kluber let five smashes, struck out six and sauntered one. The steady, stoic right-hander, who struck out nine in a reigning rendition in Game 1, improved to 4-1 with a 0.89 ERA in five playoff starts this year.