Plus other fascinating facts and figures from World Series Game 2
By Andrew Simon, Matt Kelly and Manny Randhawa
After dropping Game 1 of the World Series, the Cubs bounced back on Wednesday night, with a 5-1 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.
The series-evening triumph was the first World Series game win for the franchise since Game 6 of the 1945 Fall Classic on Oct. 8, 1945. That's a span of 25,952 days, which is a numerical palindrome (the same number forwards and backwards).
The upcoming Game 3 could be the real decider, though. In World Series with a 2-3-2 format, which was established in 1925, 43 series have been tied 1-1 going into Game 3. Teams that have won Game 3 at home have won 16 of 23 series, while teams that have won Game 3 on the road have won 14 of 20, for an overall series record of 30-13. However, the last two teams to win Game 3 after a 1-1 split (the 2014 Royals and 2013 Cardinals) went on to lose the Series.
Here are some other facts and figures to know about Game 2:
Arrieta keeps Tribe bats quiet
• Jason Kipnis recorded the Indians' first hit of the night with a one-out double in the bottom of the sixth. That ended Jake Arrieta's no-hit bid at 5 1/3 innings, the third-longest by a Cubs pitcher in World Series history, following Ed Reulbach's six-inning bid in Game 2 of the 1906 World Series and Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown's 5 2/3-inning bid in Game 4 of that same Fall Classic.
• Arrieta's 5 1/3 no-hit innings gave him the longest no-hit bid by any pitcher for any club in the World Series since the Mets' Jerry Koosman lasted six no-hit innings in Game 2 of the 1969 Fall Classic.
• With his first strikeout of the game and 39th in his postseason career, Arrieta broke a tie with Kerry Wood for the most in Cubs history. After picking up six strikeouts on the night, Arrieta now has 44, nine ahead of teammate Jon Lester in his Cubs career.
• Arrieta, two Cubs relievers and seven Indians pitchers combined for the first game out of 30 this postseason without a home run allowed.
Chicago's bats wake up
• Anthony Rizzo's first-inning RBI double gave the Cubs their first lead in a World Series game since Stan Hack clubbed a walk-off double in the bottom of the 12th inning to win Game 6 of the 1945 Fall Classic against Detroit.
• With two outs in the top of the third, Kyle Schwarber singled on a 3-0 pitch from Indians starter Trevor Bauer to bring Rizzo home and give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. It was the first RBI hit on a 3-0 count in the World Series since Trot Nixon of the Red Sox knocked a run-scoring double in Game 4 of the 2004 Fall Classic and only the second RBI to come on a 3-0 count in Cubs postseason history. Mark Grace's sacrifice fly in Game 4 of the 1989 NLCS was the first.
• Schwarber knocked in another run with an RBI single in the top of the fifth, giving him a total of 10 RBIs over his first two postseasons. Schwarber is now one of four Cubs in history with at least 10 postseason RBIs, and three of them were in Chicago's lineup Wednesday night: Schwarber, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Aramis Ramirez is the fourth.
• Ben Zobrist tripled in Rizzo for the Cubs' third run of the game with one out in the fifth inning. Zobrist, who is 35, became the oldest player to triple in the World Series since the Yankees' Ruben Sierra in Game 4 of the 2003 Fall Classic. Sierra, 38, hit a game-tying two-run triple in the ninth inning against the Marlins.
• Chicago kept the pressure on when Addison Russell drew a four-pitch walk from Cleveland's Bryan Shaw with the bases loaded in the fifth to extend the Cubs' lead to 5-0. It was the first bases-loaded walk issued by Shaw in his six-year career.
Impressive Indians streaks snapped
• For the first time in his managerial career, Indians skipper Terry Francona lost a World Series game. At 9-0, Francona had the longest career-opening winning streak in history. He still ended up with the third-longest streak at any point, behind Hall of Famers Joe Torre (14) and Joe McCarthy (10).
• Before Wednesday, the Indians had allowed one run in 36 innings over their previous four postseason home games, going back to Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the Red Sox. But on this night, they surrendered two runs in the first three innings and five total.
• The Indians trailed for more innings in Game 2 (all nine) than they had all postseason entering the night (eight).
Little frigid out there
• The thermometer in Cleveland read 43 degrees when Bauer delivered the first pitch, making Game 2 the coldest World Series contest since Game 3 of the 2006 Fall Classic between the Tigers and Cardinals in St. Louis. Cleveland still holds the distinction of hosting the coldest World Series game on record: Game 4 in 1997, which featured snow flurries and a first-pitch temperature of 35 degrees.
• Bauer needed 87 pitches to compile 11 outs and left trailing, 2-0. Bauer is only the third pitcher in World Series history to throw at least 87 pitches in less than four innings of work, joining Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2004 World Series and Livan Hernandez of the Giants in Game 3 of the 2002 Fall Classic.
• Bauer and six Indians relievers combined to throw 196 pitches, equaling the fourth-most delivered by any team in a World Series game that lasted the standard nine innings since 1993, and the most since the Rockies needed 197 pitches in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series.