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Five of the Indians' seven pitchers issued walks, which directly contributed to three of the Cubs' runs. Anthony Rizzo walked twice, scoring on Kyle Schwarber's third-inning single and Ben Zobrist's fifth-inning triple. And Addison Russell coaxed a bases-loaded walk to cap the three-run fifth.
"We walked way too many guys today," said right-hander Bryan Shaw, who walked two, including Russell, in two-thirds of an inning. "I think that it's just one of those days for us. We'll bounce back this weekend with the starters that we have going and a little more rest, and I think we'll be ready to go."
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The Cubs ranked fourth in the Major Leagues with 3.96 pitches per plate appearance during the regular season, and they continued their patience in Game 2. Chicago worked the count and knocked out Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer after he threw 87 pitches in 3 2/3 innings and forced the staff to throw 133 pitches through five innings, 196 overall.
"We've been tough on pitchers all year and gotten a lot of pitchers in high counts early in the game, and that was a key for us tonight," said Zobrist, who walked once. "Guys just battled. After last night, we wanted to come out and get on the board early. Rizz did that in the first inning for us [with an RBI double], and that was huge. We put a lot of good at-bats together against Bauer early on and made them go to their bullpen."
The Indians walked eight or more batters only five times during the regular season, and unsurprisingly, they won just one of those games. They are 3-10 when they walk six or more batters and 20-30 when walking four or more batters.
Avoiding walks will be key for the Tribe to stay out of its bullpen, which has been heavily taxed at times this postseason. Overall, walks weren't a problem during the regular season -- Cleveland ranked seventh in the Majors with 2.87 walks per nine innings -- and they haven't been in the postseason either (29 in 89 innings).
"It's always important," said right-hander Zach McAllister, who walked one in two-thirds of an inning. "When you're not commanding the ball the way that you need to, it gives their team more of an advantage. Everyone down there has good stuff, but we need good stuff in the strike zone.
"It's just knowing you've got to execute pitches in the zone. We saw the other day that they can be patient, but at the same time, they can be somewhat aggressive. If you execute a good pitch, you're probably going to be successful."