Cubs finally win after over a century


Nick Pouch, Staff Writer

For the first time in more than a century, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champs, having beaten the Cleveland Indians in an intense Game 7 Wednesday by a score of 8-7 in 10 innings.

This historic World Series had plenty of shifts in momentum.

The team split the first two games, with Cleveland’s Corey Kluber winning Game 1, and then the Cubs winning Game 2.

The Indians then surprised the Cubs by winning the next two games, with Kluber winning again in Game 4. That put the Indians up 3-1 thanks to good Cleveland pitching and poor Chicago batting.

But the Cubs came back in Game 5, highlighted by Chicago’s closer, Aroldis Chapman, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings, the longest stint in his career.

In Game 6 the Cub’s offense finally woke up and gave Chicago an early lead, which included Chicago’s shortstop Addison Russell’s grand slam. They sustained that lead for a decisive 9-3 to force a Game 7.

The story in Game 7 started with Kluber, who had been unstoppable in the playoffs but was pitching on a short rest. The big Chicago offense finally got to him, and Kluber collapsed in the fourth inning. The game was tied at one until Kluber allowed walks and hits to put the Cubs up, 3-1.

In the fifth inning Kluber gave up another run, and then stellar relief pitcher Andrew Miller came in. He gave up runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

By the eighth inning, the Indians were down 6-4, but then Rajai Davis hit a two-run home run and tied it up and sent the game to extra innings.

After a brief rain delay, the Cubs scored two runs in the tenth to make it 8-6, and then held on when Cleveland scored one in the bottom half of the inning. But the rally fell short and the Chicago Cubs were finally World Series champions.

The Indians, meanwhile, will have to wait until next year, as this loss extended their World Series drought to 68 years.