Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Cubs' turn to 'Rol in Game 5

Stats of the Day: Cubs' turn to 'Rol in Game 5

Here are three interesting items from Game 5 of the World Series …

• The Cubs defeated the Indians, 3-2, to fend off elimination and send the series back to Cleveland.

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 25 CLE 6, CHC 0 video
Gm 2 Oct. 26 CHC 5, CLE 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 28 CLE 1, CHC 0 video
Gm 4 Oct. 29 CLE 7, CHC 2 video
Gm 5 Oct. 30 CHC 3, CLE 2 video
Gm 6 Nov. 1 CHC 9, CLE 3 video
Gm 7 Nov. 2 CHC 8 CLE, 7 (10) video

With one out in the seventh and the tying run on second, left-hander Aroldis Chapman emerged from the Cubs' bullpen to douse the fire; the effort led the way toward a 2 2/3-inning save. Chapman became the 28th pitcher to notch a World Series save by recording at least eight outs. He's the fourth pitcher to do it in the last quarter century, following the Giants' Madison Bumgarner (Game 7, 2014), the Indians' Brian Anderson (Game 4, 1997) and the Braves' Mike Stanton (Game 5, '92). Eighteen of the 28 efforts were retroactively assigned "saves," as the performances predated the implementation of the save stat in 1969. One of those 18 came from a Cubs pitcher: In Game 5 in 1935, with the Cubs facing elimination, Bill Lee recorded the last nine outs and "saved" a win for Lon Warnek.

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• The Cubs stole four bases (two by Jason Heyward), while the Indians had three (all courtesy of Rajai Davis, who tied a World Series record). This game is only the third in World Series history to see each team have at least three steals. In Game 5 in 1907, the Cubs and Tigers each had three; Chicago topped Detroit, 2-0, to clinch the title. In Game 3 in '13 -- an 8-2 victory for Philadelphia over New York -- the Athletics and Giants each had three.

Davis steals three bases

• Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo collected his third double of the World Series to tie a team record for two-base hits in a Fall Classic. Wildfire Schulte had three in both 1906 and '10, and Mickey Livingston and Stan Hack each had three in '45. Pete Fox had six for the '34 Tigers, for the Major League record.

Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.