Cubs defeat Indians
4 games to 3
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 25||CLE 6||CHC 0|
|2||Oct. 26||CHC 5||CLE 1|
|3||Oct. 28||CLE 1||CHC 0|
|4||Oct. 29||CLE 7||CHC 2|
|5||Oct. 30||CHC 3||CLE 2|
|6||Nov. 1||CHC 9||CLE 3|
|7||Nov. 2||CHC 8||CLE 7|
Managers: Joe Maddon, CHC; Terry Francona, CLE
MVP: Ben Zobrist, CHC: .357 AVG, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 5 R
NLCS: Chicago over Los Angeles (4 games to 2)
ALCS: Cleveland over Toronto (4 games to 1)
NLDS: Chicago over San Francisco (3 games to 1); Los Angeles over Washington (3 games to 2)
ALDS: Cleveland over Boston (3 games to 0); Toronto over Texas (3 games to 0)
AL Wild Card: Toronto over Baltimore
NL Wild Card: San Francisco over New York
The Cubs squashed 108 years of World Series demons by bringing a championship to the north side of Chicago for the first time since 1908. They did so in dramatic fashion, coming back from a 3-1 Series deficit with a series of nail-biting wins, and, in turn, denying Cleveland what would have been its first World Series championship since 1948.
Clinging to a 3-2 lead in win-or-go-home Game 5, Chicago turned to closer Aroldis Chapman for 2 2/3 innings – the longest outing of his career – to save the season at a frigid Wrigley Field. Back in Cleveland for Game 6, the Cubs bats came alive for the first time all Series to force Game 7.
And what a Game 7 it was. It turned out to be one of the most dramatic winner-take-all-games ever: 10 innings, 15 runs, 24 hits, four errors, a rain delay, and one of the best comebacks in postseason history.
Chicago seemed to have its century-long wait for a championship wrapped up early, scoring six runs off Indians ace Corey Kluber and reliever extraordinaire Andrew Miller. Kluber and Miller may have finally been spent after dominant but laborious postseasons. Kluber posted a 1.83 ERA in 34 1/3 playoff innings and won Games 1 and 4 of the World Series, while Miller was a revelation out of the bullpen. The lefty struck out 30 batters in 19 1/3 postseason innings, including 14 in an ALCS in which he earned MVP honors.
So with the Cubs up 6-3 in the sixth, the Indians already through Kluber and Miller, and Chapman in the wings, Chicago’s victory looked assured. That is until Rajai Davis’ game-tying two run homer in the bottom of the eighth off Chapman, the latest game-tying home run in World Series Game 7 history.
But all it did was prolong Chicago’s celebration. After a short rain delay, the Cubs scored two runs in the top of the 10th against Bryan Shaw. World Series MVP Ben Zobrist drove in the go-ahead run with an opposite-field double, and the Cubs held on.