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1 Year Ago Today...

UnKorked

It was just 1 year ago a 108-year drought ended after coming back from being down 3-1 in one of the greatest World Series game 7's of all-time.

 



Game 7 Recap

The dramatic game 7 started out with a Dexter Fowler leadoff homer off of the Indians ace.

The Indians tied things up in the bottom of the third off Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks. Coco Crisp led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Roberto Perez and scored on a Carlos Santana RBI single to right.

That tie didn't last long, though. In the top of the 4th, Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo got beamed, followed by a Ben Zobrist fielder’s choice to second, sending Bryant to third. Addison Russell flew out to Rajai Davis, whose throw to the plate was just a second too late to get the tagging Bryant. Willson Contreras followed with a double to score Zobrist and put the Cubs up 3-1.

The Cubs added more insurance runs in the 5th. A Javier Baez home run made it 4-1 and chased the Indians starting pitcher, Kluber. Star reliever Andrew Miller came in and allowed another run after walking Bryant and then allowing an RBI hit to Rizzo.

Cleveland wasn't done fighting though. After Hendricks got the first two outs in the 5th, he walked Carlos Santana and was removed for Jonny Lester. Jason Kipnis then hit a dribbler up the 3rd baseline that catcher David Ross (who just entered the game) threw away past Rizzo and into right field. Runners were now on 2nd and 3rd with Francisco Lindor batting. Lester spun in a wild pitch that bounced up and dazed Ross, careening away and allowing both runners to score to cut the lead to 5-3. Thus feeding all of our anxiety.

Without hesitation, the Cubs got the momentum back on their side with a David Ross solo home run to center in the top of 6th off Miller - making the score 6-3!

Lester pitched into the 8th - He was chased from the game after allowing Jose Ramirez to single bringing in Aroldis Chapman. The 1st batter he faced was Brandon Guyer, who doubled, scoring Ramirez and making the score 6-4, making all of us Cubs fans extremely nervous.

This brought to the plate, Rajai Davis. With a man on 2nd, a 2-2 count, and 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th Mr. Davis hit a heartbreaking line drive screaming down the left field line. The trajectory was low "No way is that going out!" but it did, it inched over the left field wall tieing the game leaving us all with a sense of hopelessness. Score: 6-6.

The 9th inning flew by scoreless, extra innings here we go! But... then there was rain, leading to a rain delay that killed any momentum the Indians had and a speech every Cubs fan would've loved to have been recorded from Jason Heyward.

After the rain delay, the Cubs came out firing, putting 2 runs up on the board behind big hits from Ben Zobrist and Miggy Montero. 

We had Carl Edwards Jr. come in to close the game in the 10th with a 2 run lead. He got the first 2 outs with ease before walking a guy, who then stole 2nd base. Then came up kryptonite, Rajai Davis, who singled making it a 1 run ballgame. Score: 8-7.

With a man on 1st, 2 outs in came Mike Montgomery. After getting a first-pitch called strike with his curveball, Montgomery came back with another one. This induced a slow roller to 3rd basemanKrisy Bryant and the rest is history!

108 years of being lovable losers, over.


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