Indians starter Corey Kluber was dominant Tuesday night in Game 1, leading to a Cleveland 6-1 victory. The Cubs flipped the script Wednesday night in Game 2 with ace and last year’s Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta on the mound.
Arrieta was dominant from the get-go. Through 5 1/3 innings, Jake had a no-hitter going, until Jason Kipnis broke it up with a one out double in the sixth. After getting one more out, Arrieta allowed an RBI single and was pulled from the game. Arrieta’s final line was 5.2 innings with one run and two hits while striking out six.
The Cubs got to Indians starter Trevor Bauer early, as he threw 87 pitches through 3.2 innings. Bauer allowed two runs on six hits before handing the game over to the bullpen. Zach McAllister was the first man out of the bullpen, and allowed two runs in .2 innings. Bryan Shaw then came in and allowed two runs as well. Danny Salazar made has first appearance of the postseason, and pitched his way out of a bases loaded jam.
As opposed to Game 1, the Cubs offense was the story in Game 2. In the first, Kris Bryant scored the first run of the game when he came around to score on a Anthony Rizzo double. In the third, Kyle Schwarber made his presence felt with an RBI single. In the fifth, the Cubs put things away for good. Ben Zobrist tripled home a run, then he scored on another Kyle Schwarber RBI single. After a walk and an error loaded the bases, Addison Russell drew a walk and the Cubs led 5-0 from that point on.
After an off day, the series goes to Wrigley Field. The Cubs will send the MLB leader in home ERA to mound in Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks will be opposed by righty Josh Tomlin who is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA this postseason.