The World Series – Game 3 – Cubs 0, Indians 1
WP – Andrew Miller (1-0) LP – Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1) Save – Cody Allen (1)
Kyle Hendricks did not have it Friday night in Game 3 and neither did the Cubs offense. The Cubs managed only five hits, four singles and a triple, and seven total baserunners. And the Cubs were shutout for the second time in The Series.
The Cubs did not make the necessary adjustments against Indians’ pitching. Josh Tomlin kept the Cubs off balance for 4 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits and a walk. The Cubs could not put anything against the Indians’ pen until the ninth inning. Terry Francona’s team used the same formula to beat the Cubs on Friday night that the Indians did to take care of the Red Sox and Blue Jays in route to The World Series.
The Cubs put the tying run on base in the ninth. Anthony Rizzo led off with a single to left against Cody Allen. Chris Coghlan ran for Rizzo and moved up to second with one out when Willson Contreras rolled out to third base. Jason Heyward (0-for-1) reached on an error by Mike Napoli. Coghlan stopped at third. Heyward took second, representing the tying run, with Baez at the plate.
Javier Baez (0-for-4) struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) to end the game.
The Cubs had a bad night at the plate. The Cubs expanded their zone and chased a lot of pitches. The Cubs were not able to adjust to Josh Tomlin’s off-speed stuff. And the Indians relievers, namely Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, located and dissected the Cubs’ offense.
Kyle Hendricks wiggled his way in and out of trouble throughout the first four innings. For one of the few times this year Hendricks struggled at Wrigley. The Indians executed their game plan against Hendricks and kept the pressure on him.
Hendricks lasted only 4 1/3 innings and gave up six hits and two walks, plus he hit a batter. Hendricks struck out six on 85 pitches, 51 for strikes. Hendricks turned the game over to Justin Grimm with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth.
Justin Grimm induced his first double play of the year and kept the Indians from scoring.
Coco Crisp drove in the only run of the game in the seventh inning.
Carl Edwards Jr. started the seventh after setting down the Indians in order in the sixth. Roberto Perez singled to right center on a 1-1 pitch. Michael Martinez ran for Perez and moved to second on a sac bunt from Tyler Naquin. A 2-1 pitch to Rajai Davis got past Contreras. Martinez moved to third with one out. Edwards Jr. walked Davis with Andrew Miller due up.
Coco Crisp hit for Miller and singled to right. Martinez scored, 1-0 Indians. Jorge Soler threw out Davis at third base. Joe Maddon made the slow walk and went to his pen for Mike Montgomery. Jason Kipnis pulled a 0-2 pitch past Rizzo. Javier Baez backed him up and threw to Montgomery at first just ahead of a diving Kipnis. Replay upheld the call on the field to end the inning.
Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop and Aroldis Chapman hung zeros on the board. But the Cubs offense just couldn’t stick to the plan and get the big hit when they needed it.
The Cubs finished the game with five hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. The Cubs were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
Jorge Soler (2-for-3 with a triple), Ben Zobrist (1-for-3), Kris Bryant (0-3 with a walk), Dexter Fowler (1-for-4), Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4) and Jason Heyward were the Cubs baserunners.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs trail the Indians 2-1 in the best-of-seven World Series.
Game 4 is Saturday night (7:08pm CDT) at the old ballyard. John Lackey faces Corey Kluber in the biggest of big boy games.