Teams who scored first had been 14 – 0 through the LCS and World Series so far this year. So when Anthony Rizzo led off the scoring in the first with an RBI single, Cubs fans were feeling good. But the tune quickly changed as Cleveland rallied for two runs in the second inning and built a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
On short rest, Corey Kluber was extremely effective and efficient, tossing six innings while only throwing 81 pitches – a pitch count that makes his likelihood of appearing as a game 7 starter that much more of a reality.
The Indians were able to get to Cubs starter John Lackey, tagging him for three runs in five innings on their way to a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Cubs were able to manage only 7 hits and one walk, as their bats have been stymied for much of the series.
Game five will be in Chicago on Sunday.