Plus more on Russell's slam, Kipnis' multi-hit performance
By Matt Kelly, David Adler and Andrew Simon
The Cubs won their second straight game Wednesday night, jumping out to an early lead and beating the Indians, 9-3, in Game 6 of the World Series at Progressive Field.
Since the 2-3-2 format was instituted for the World Series in 1925, the Cubs became the eighth team to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-1, and the first since the 1985 Royals against the Cardinals. Five of those teams, including the Royals, went on to win Game 7.
Here are some other facts and figures to know about the Cubs' victory:
A 'Kris'-p start
• Kris Bryant got Chicago on the board first with a two-out solo home run in the top of the first inning. It was Bryant's fifth career postseason homer, putting him into a tie with teammate Kyle Schwarber atop the Cubs' all-time postseason list.
• Bryant joined Allen Craig in 2011 and three others (Reggie Smith, Mickey Mantle and Gil McDougald) as the only players to homer in back-to-back World Series games in which their teams faced elimination.
• Bryant's homer came on an 0-2 count. He had hit only one (out of 41, including the postseason) in such a situation this season -- against the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez on May 7. Meanwhile, Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin had not allowed an 0-2 homer this year (out of 36 including postseason).
• Bryant became only the second player in World Series history to record four hits with a home run in a game in which his team faced potential elimination, according to ESPN. The first was the Pirates' Willie Stargell in Game 7 of the 1979 World Series.
• Bryant and teammate Anthony Rizzo became the first Nos. 3 and 4 hitters in a lineup to combine for as many as seven hits in a World Series game.
'Adding it on
• Addison Russell's grand slam in the third inning was the first by either a Cubs player or a shortstop in World Series history. Overall, Russell became the 19th player to hit a slam in the Fall Classic and the first since another Chicago player, Paul Konerko of the White Sox, in Game 2 in 2005.
• With the blast, the 22-year old Russell became the second-youngest player to hit a World Series grand slam. The only younger player to do it? Mantle, who homered just before his 22nd birthday in Game 5 of the 1953 Fall Classic.
• Russell's six RBIs tied the single-game World Series record, with Albert Pujols (2011), Hideki Matsui (2009) and Bobby Richardson (1960) the only others to accomplish the feat. None of those players' six-RBI games, though, came in an elimination game for their team.
Odds and ends
• Jake Arrieta became the first pitcher to record at least nine strikeouts in a potential elimination game for his team in the World Series since the Cardinals' Bob Gibson struck out 10 Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1967 World Series.
• The Indians' Jason Kipnis became only the sixth player to have multiple games of at least three hits, including a homer, in one World Series. The last to do it was the Tigers' Sean Casey in 2006. The first four players to do it are Hall of Famers: Roy Campanella (1955 Dodgers), Carl Yastrzemski (1967 Red Sox), Stargell (1979 Pirates) and Paul Molitor (1993 Blue Jays).
• Of the seven previous teams that have rallied back to force a Game 7 in the World Series after trailing 3-1, five went on to win the title. The only two teams to fall shy in the comeback attempt were the 1972 Reds and the 1967 Red Sox.