Ok, here’ s why getting the split away during the 1st 2 games of a 7 game Series is important- it’s not that Home Field advantage (they only have 2 left and you have 3) passes to you, or even that you really expect to get a close out sweep (though it’s certainly possible even if it’s a tad inconvenient from a crowd control standpoint). Nope. It’s that you’ve proven that you can win at your opponent’s Ballpark and they haven’t… yet.

Now normally for the Senior League team this is really important because you have the added benefit of forcing your Junior League competition to bat their Pitcher who’s usually pretty terrible at it (why do you think he’s in the Junior League?) and hasn’t practiced all year. Also most Junior League teams keep around an elderly former “star” who once could actually play Baseball but is now too creaky even to hit let alone field and draws down a * huge* multi-year contract that keeps you from signing anyone talented just to put butts in the seats during your 162 game mausoleum freak show tour.

If I want to see dead people walking I’ll scope out the smoking lounge at a funeral parlor. You think I’m creepy? Well, I don’t do it as often as I used to- restraining orders.

This year however is kind of a *Mirror, Mirror* Trek where the Indians play small Ball (put runners on base and score them) and the Cubbies have the big… well, clubs.

And it bites them in the ass today and probably for the rest of their stay at the friendly confines of Wrigley since they have decided that Kyle Schwarber who has * just* came back from a torn knee in Game 2 of the World Series after leaving the field on April 7th is too fragile for the Outfield. This is unfortunate for the Cubs as his 2 RBIs represent 1/3rd of their entire run production this Series.

Still, the Indians only have the one pitcher, Kluber, and the Cubs have 3 including tonight’s starter Hendricks who has only 1 Win, 1 Loss and a No Decision with a 1.65 ERA. On paper Tomlin is a match with 2 Victories, but his ERA is an unspectacular 2.53 and he’s never stayed in for a 6 full Innings. That would mean more if we hadn’t had a travel day yesterday, still the wear and tear on the Indians Bullpen and Starters has got to factor in at some point if it didn’t already start to in Game 2.

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Vent Hole

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First Pitch Strike

Carlos Santana struck out

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Swinging. 1 Done

Jason Kipnis singles

Francisco Lindor singles; Kipnis to 3rd

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Oops, a single

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Corners

Lindor out at first after wandering too far

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Pitch Out. 2 Done

Mike Napoli struck out to end the top if the 1st

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KO. Bottom 1st

Bottom of the 1st: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

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First Pitch Ball

Dexter Fowler grounds out

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Ground Out. 1 Gone

Kris Bryant flies to left-center field

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Fly Out. 2 Gone

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Top 2nd

Anthony Rizzo grounds to end the 1st inning

Top of the 2nd Inning: Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

Jose Ramirez lead of single

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A comedy of Errors. 1 On

Lonnie Chisenhall singles; Ramirez out at 2nd

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Fielder’s Choice

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Double Play. Bottom 2nd

Roberto Perez grounds into a double play to end the top of the 2nd

Bottom of the 2nd inning: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

Phew. Out of the jam.

Ben Zobrist grounds into a single

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hitrealWilson Contreras grounds out. Zobrist to 2nd

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Sacrifice

Jorge Soler struck out

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Swinging for 2

Javier Baez flies out to center to end the 2nd inning

No score

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Top 3rd

Top of the 3rd inning: Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

Tyler Naquin lined out t

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Line Out Shortstop

Josh Tomlin struck out

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KO #3. 2 Gone

Santana walked

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2 Out Walk

Kipnis struck out to wend the top of the 3rd

No score

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KO. Bottom 3rd

Way to go Hendricks

Bottom of the 3rd ining: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

heat wave in Chicago 62 F with winds 5mph SSW gust to 14,3

Russell grounds out

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Ground Out. 1

Kyle Hendricks grounds out

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Another. 2

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Top 4th

Fowler lined out to right to end the 3rd inning

No score

Top of the 4th inning: Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

Lindor lead off single

Napoli struck out. Strike out 5 for Hendricks

Ramirez singles; Lindor to 2nd

Chisenhall singles: Ramirez out at 2nd; Lindor to 3rd

Perez struck out to end the top 4th inning

No score

Bottom of the 4th Inning: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

Bryant lead off walk

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Worked out a Walk

Rizzo fouls out

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Foul Pop. 1

Zobe!

Zobrist grounds into a double play

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Force. 2

Contreras flies out to center

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Top 5th

End of the 4th No Score

Top of the 5th: Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

Naquin lead of single

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Leadoff Single, ugh.

Tomlin sacrifice bunts out; Naquin to 2nd

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Sacrifice. Runner on 2nd

Santana walked. 2 on; 1 out

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Another Walk. 2 On 1 Out

Kipnis walked to load the bases with 1 out

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Walk. Loaded. 1 Out

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And… a Pitching Change

Cubs Pitching change: Justin Grimm in for Hendricks

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Double Play. Bottom 5th

Lindor grounds into a double play to end the top of the 5th

No score

That looked like it hurt the first baseman’s hand.

Bottom of the 5th: Josh Tomlin pitching for Cleveland

Soler lead of single

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`A nice single. Yay!

Baez grounds out; Soler to 2nd

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Sacrifice. 1 Done

Russell grounds out;

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Gound Out. No advance

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Tomlin rides the pine

Cleveland Pitching change: Andrew Miller in for Tomlin

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Top 6th

Miguel Montero hitting for Grimm, flies out to right field to end the 5th inning

No Score

Top of the 6th: Carl Edwards pitching for the Cubs

Napoli grounds out

Ramirez pops out

Chisenhall stuck out to end the top of the 6th.

No Score

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Bottom 6th

Bottom of the 6th: Andrew Miller pitching for Ceveland

Fowler struck out

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Leadoff KO

Bryant struck out. 2 outs

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Back to Back KOs

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KO.

Rizzo struck out to end the 6th inning

No score

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Top 7th.

Top of the 7th inning: Carl Edwards pitching for the Cubs

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Leadoff Single

Perez lead off line drive single

Michael Martinez running for Perez

Naquin sacrifice bunt, Martinez to 2nd. 1 out

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Sacrifice. Runner at 2nd.

Martinez to 3rd on a wild pitch

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Passed Ball. Runner at 3rd

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Attempted Pitch Out. Walk. Runners at Corners

Rajal Davis walked

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RBI Bunt. Indians 1 – 0

Coco Crisp hitting for Miller, singles. Martinez scores. Davis out at 3rd. 2 outs

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

Cubs pitching change: Mike Montgomery in for Edwards

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Bottom 7th

Kipnis grounds out to end the top of the 7th

Celveland 1 – Cubs 0

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Bill Murray- Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Bill Murray singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”

Daffy

Bottom of the 7th: Bryan Shaw pitching for Cleveland

Zobrist grounds out

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Broken Bat Out

Contreras grounds out. 2 outs

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2 Down Put Out

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2 Out Triple

Soler triples on a fly bal to right

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Ouch. Top 8th

Baez grounds out to end the 7th inning.

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

Top of the 8th: Mike Montgomery pitching for the Cubs

Lindor grounds out

Cubs pitching change: Pedro Strop in for Montgomery

Napoli struck out. 2 outs

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Bottom 8th

Ramirez flies out to left field to end the top of the 8th

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

Bottom of the 8th:: Bryan Shaw pitching for Cleveland

Russell struck out

Kyle Schwarber hitting for Strop, flies out to infield

Fowler singles with 2 outs

Cleveland pitching change: Cody Allen in for Shaw

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Top 9th

Bryant strikes oput to end the 8th inning.

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

Top of the 9th: Aroldis Chapman pitching for Cubs

Chisenhall struck out

Martinez struck out. 2 outs

Yan Gomes ground s out to end the top of the 9th

Cleveland 1 Cubs 0

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Bottom 9th

Let’s go Cubs!

Bottom of the 9th: Cody Allen pitching for Cleveland

Rizzo lead off single

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Hey! We got a Base Hit!

Chris Coghlan running for Rizzo

Zobrist struck out

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K. 1

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Hit and Run. 2 Out

Contreras grounds out; Coghlan to 2nd

Jason Heyward singles; Coghlan to 3rd

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A Single. Corners

Heyward steals 2nd

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Stolen Base

Wait till next game.

Baez struck out to end the game

Cleveland 1 – Cubs 0

Cleveland leads the series 2 – 1

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Ugh. Indians 1 – 0 Final