Game 3 of the 2016 World Series will forever be remembered as the first World Series game in Wrigley Field since 1945. This game was nothing short of the much anticipated dramatics.
The Cubs had young righty Kyle Hendricks on the mound, boasting his MLB high 1.32 ERA at home this year. Hendricks gave the Cubs more of what they have seen all season long from the young right hander. Hendricks battled through 4.1 tough shutout innings, allowing six hits while striking out six.
Hendricks was opposed by Indians right hander Josh Tomlin. With his paralyzed father in the crowd, Tomlin was able to muscle his way through 4.2 dominant innings. Tomlin limited the Cubs fierce lineup to only two hits.
Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez continued their hot hitting postseason with two hits apiece. Roberto Perez, Tyler Naquin, and Jason Kipnis all picked up hits. The biggest hit of the game came from Coco Crisp. In the top of the seventh, Crisp lined an RBI single to right giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.
The Cubs couldn’t get much offense going against Tomlin and the Indians bullpen. Jorge Soler got his first start of the postseason and picked up two hits. Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom of the ninth trying to get a rally started for the Cubs. After two Cody Allen got two outs, Jason Hayward reached on an error by Mike Napoli. Javier Baez stepped into the box looking for yet another signature postseason moment. With the winning run on second, Allen got Baez to strike out on a high fastball.
The Indians will give the ball back to Corey Kluber tonight for Game 4. In Game 1, Kluber shutout the Cubs over six innings. This postseason working on three days rest, Kluber has a 0.74 ERA in 24 1/3 innings. Kluber will be opposed by veteran John Lackey. Lackey will be making his fifth career World Series start. This postseason, Lackey has made two starts, throwing four innings in each, and giving up five runs.