With their backs up against the wall, the Chicago Cubs have exploded offensively in the first three innings, scoring 7 on the Cleveland Indians.
Indians’ pitcher Josh Tomlin pitched a great game in his first World Series start, holding the Cubs scoreless through 4-2/3 innings in Game 3. The Indians went on to win that game by a score of 1-0. It was the second time the Chicago Cubs had been shut out in the first three games.
Offense has been a bit of an issue for the Cubs in this World Series. They scored five runs in their Game 2 win but were held scoreless once again in Game 3. After losing Game 4, 7-2, the Cubs managed to stave off elimination, winning Game 5 by a score of 3-2. Though Cubs’ fans were elated that hope was still alive, concerns about the offense loomed, as all three of those runs came in just one inning.
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Offensive explosion to start Game 6
With the season on the line, the Cubs have answered. Chicago has exploded offensively, scoring seven runs in the first three innings. It all started with a Kris Bryant dinger. The Cubs have been waiting all series long for Bryant to heat up offensively, and he delivered. Josh Tomlin left a hanging breaking ball over the plate, and Bryant took advantage of the opportunity.
After a miscue by the Indians’ outfield, the Cubs managed to add to their lead scoring two more runs on an Addison Russell grand slam. Russell’s dinger pushed the Cubs to seven runs for the game. It was the first World Series grand slam since Paul Konerko hit one in the 2005 World Series. The homer gave Russell six RBI on the night.
The Cubs currently lead the Indians 7-1 in the fifth inning. Be sure to follow Cubbies Crib on Twitter to get in-game updates on the game. Eamus Catuli!