The Cleveland Indians are just one win away from winning the 2016 World Series!
Didn’t it feel good to read that sentence? Because it felt GREAT typing it out! And the best part of it all is that it’s completely true.
On Saturday evening, working on only three days of rest, Indians ace Corey Kluber pitched another great game, giving up one run over six strong innings of work. The Kloob was shaky by Kluber standards early on, letting the Chicago Cubs score a first-inning run. But that was all. And he contributed offensively as well, getting a second-inning hit which, when combined with a Cubs throwing error on the play, led to the Tribe’s second run. This gave the Indians a 2-1 lead, one which they never came close to relinquishing.
Thanks to solo tallies in the third and sixth innings, the Indians were ahead 4-1 when Jason Kipnis put the game out of reach with a 400-foot three-run homer to right field. The Cubs saved a little bit of face when Dexter Fowler led off the home half of the eighth inning with a homer off Andrew Miller, making the score 7-2, which is how it read when Dan Otero wrapped things up by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Kipnis, who hails from Chicago, became the first person to hit a three-run homer off Cubs pitching in Wrigley Field during a World Series game since 1932, when it was done by a New York Yankees player by the name of Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth!
The Indians now hold a 3-1 lead in the series. Game 5 will be played at Wrigley on Sunday evening. A victory then would end Cleveland’s championship drought, one which dates back to June of 2016, when the Cavaliers won the NBA Finals. The Indians have not won the World Series since 1948. If the Cubs win on Sunday, the series will move back to Cleveland, with Game 6 being played on Tuesday evening, and Game 7, if needed, to follow the next day.
The title of this post, for those who are not hip to the ways of funk, is taken from the title track of a 1974 LP by Funkadelic. You can listen to the title song by clicking here. And as long as we’re watching YouTube videos, here’s another one which is very much appropriate.
tl;dr: The Cleveland Indians are just one win away from winning the 2016 World Series!