The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in game 7 of the World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2016 World Series serves as the first Cubs World Series win since 1908. The series started off rough for the Cubs, who were down three games to one to the Indians. The Cubs rallied back through Games 5, 6 and 7 to win the series.
Game 7 could have its own story written about it. Going to 10 innings, the game had all the theatrics you could ask for in a World Series game. Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run to lead off the game to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Carlos Santana singled in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game.
Indians’ pitcher Corey Kluber gave up two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. The game would go to 5-1, but that score would not last for long with the peculiar turn of events in the bottom of the fifth.
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester threw a breaking ball to Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor that bounced before home plate, plunked Ross in the mask and got away from the catcher for a rare two-run wild pitch with runners scoring from second and third to make the game 5-3.
The Cubs then blew a three-run lead with Aroldis Chapman pitching and only four outs away from winning the game. Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer doubled off Chapman to get the score to 6-4. Then Indians outfielder Rajai Davis hit the game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth.
The game would stay tied through the ninth inning, but a 17-minute rain delay halted the game and built upon the anticipation of the finale. Ben Zobrist’s game-winning RBI with his tenth-inning double was padded by Miguel Montero’s RBI single to make the game 8-6. The 35-year-old Zobrist ended up winning the World Series MVP for his performance. He hit .357 with two RBIs and three extra base hits.
With all the drama and action surrounding the series, it proved to be one for the ages. The Cubs ended a century worth of disappointment and doubt and created a memory for Cubs’ fans that will last a lifetime.
— Sean Lynch