The Cubs staved off elimination for at least one more game with a nail-biting 3-2 victory over the Indians in Game 5 on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Chicago was able to finally score its first World Series win at Wrigley Field since 1945 and, more importantly, extend the Series to a Game 6 in Cleveland with reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta on the mound.
There were several heroes who gave the Wrigley faithful reasons to cheer Sunday night as the Cubs continued their season. Closer Aroldis Chapman did something he's never done before. Third baseman Kris Bryant came up clutch yet again for Chicago, and catcher David Ross enjoyed a big performance in what might have been his last game behind the plate.
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Below is a look at each of those signature moments and how they fueled Chicago's victory. Cast your vote for the best performance on Twitter @MLB.
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In it for the long haul
Chapman had never thrown more than 2 1/3 innings in a game and had never recorded a save longer than two innings prior to Sunday night. But with one out in the seventh and the Cubs clinging to a 3-2 lead, manager Joe Maddon turned to the man Chicago gave up four players to acquire back in July. The flamethrowing left-hander did not disappoint, giving up just one infield single and striking out four Indians along the way to the longest save (eight outs) of his career.
Bryant's blast ties the game
With the Cubs trailing, 1-0, in the bottom of the fourth, Bryant gave Chicago fans a small sigh of relief when he drilled a 1-1 pitch from Indians starter Trevor Bauer into the left-center-field seats for a solo home run. It was Bryant's second game-tying blast of this postseason, following another clutch homer in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against San Francisco.
"Grandpa Rossy" leaves on a high note
Playing in his final game at Wrigley Field and perhaps the final game of his career before retiring at season's end, the 39-year-old Ross came up with a huge defensive play for his club. Cleveland's Francisco Lindor had just cut Chicago's lead to one with an RBI single in the top of the sixth and was looking to further the threat when he took off for a steal attempt of second base. Ross quickly rose and fired, however, catching Lindor well ahead of the bag with a near-perfect throw to end the inning. Per Statcast™, his pop time was 1.92 seconds, comfortably ahead of the MLB average of 1.99 seconds.
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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.