CHICAGO -- Though Kyle Hendricks and Josh Tomlin each found bits of early trouble in World Series Game 3 on Friday night, their ability to wriggle free from them kept the game scoreless after five innings, and the Indians and Cubs both went to their bullpens in the fifth. Cleveland went on to win, 1-0, and now has a 2-1 Series lead over Chicago.
Hendricks' evening was an adventure from the start. Allowing a pair of singles in the first inning, the Cubs starter relied on a pickoff of Francisco Lindor to cut the teeth out of Cleveland's rally. An inning later, Hendricks erased a leadoff single on a double play, and in the fourth, he escaped a two-on, one-out jam without any damage.
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In the fifth, Hendricks loaded the bases with one out on a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, but Justin Grimm came out of the bullpen and got Lindor to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to get the Cubs out of the jam. Grimm appeared in 68 games this year and did not induce a single double play. He was one of just three pitchers (Ken Giles and Rubby De La Rosa) in the Majors to throw more than 50 innings and not get a batter to hit into a DP.
Tomlin fared better early in the game, allowing just one hit -- a Ben Zobrist leadoff single in the second -- over the first three innings. He also walked the leadoff man in the fourth, before buzzing through the heart of Chicago's lineup to keep the game scoreless.
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After allowing a leadoff single in the fifth, Tomlin got the next two outs before Andrew Miller came on to get Miguel Montero to line out with a runner in scoring position.
The only other postseason game in which both pitchers went no more than five innings without allowing a run was Game 4 of the 2001 American League Championship Series between the Mariners and Yankees. Paul Abbott of Seattle and Roger Clemens of New York both tossed five scoreless innings in the Yankees' eventual 3-1 victory.
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