California student predicts Cubs World Series win decades ago

Carla Harmon
October 26, 2016

With runners on first and third and two outs, Miller struck out Schwarber swinging to end the frame and leave the Indians three outs away from taking a 1-0 series lead. For the second time in the game, Perez blasted a home run, this one a moonshot over the left field wall to put the Indians ahead by a commanding 6-0 margin.

Chris Coghlan started Game 1 in right field over slumping Jason Heyward, who signed a $184 million contract to join the Cubs last offseason.

It was an odd night for Cleveland, as the city's National Basketball Association team, the Cavaliers, opened their season with a celebration of the title they won this summer gone.

Until Tuesday night, Corey Kluber had never pitched in the World Series. While they missed a chance to add to their lead, the Indians were still in full control thanks to Kluber. It was imperative for the 2014 Cy Young Award victor to give the Indians a fighting chance. Kluber, who went 18-9 this year, excelled striking out eight Cubs in the first three innings - a record in the World Series.


Minutes before the start of the victory that sent the Cubs to the World Series, centerfielder Dexter Fowler ducked his head into Wrigley Field's iconic ivy seeking a moment of quiet.

He's our Cy Young Award victor, and a he pitched like it.

Chicago had not played a Series game since October 10, 1945, when Don Johnson hit into a game-ending forceout against Detroit's Hal Newhouser in Game 7. The two-homer game gave the former backup catcher three home runs this postseason, matching his total from the regular season. Francisco Lindor hit a two-out single, then stole second base against starter Jon Lester. He summoned Miller, the 6-foot-7 left-hander, the owner of a malevolent slider and the MVP trophy from the American League Championship Series.

Indians manager Terry Francona was fine with the change, too. One last checkup later, the guy who blasted a club-record five home runs during the 2015 playoffs found himself on the World Series roster, giving the Cubs another powerful left-handed bat and making Chicago reliever Pedro Strop's prediction come true.


"So that's when I realized it had been moved up an hour, on the mound", Maddon said.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Corey Kluber got the Cleveland Indians off to a great start and Roberto Perez finished off the Chicago Cubs in their first World Series game since 1945. He gave up just four hits, walked no one and struck out nine. Perez hit.183 with three home runs in the regular season but drilled two long balls for four RBI on Tuesday.

Schwarber had another crack at a faltering Miller in the eighth with two on and two out, but this time Miller blew him away with fastballs and the Cubs were all but done. But his command was shaky at the start, and with the bases loaded, he plunked outfielder Brandon Guyer on the leg to force in a second run.


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