Indians Take Game 1 Of World Series, Blank Cubs, 6-0 – VIDEO
The Cleveland Indians captured the opening game of the 2016 Major League Baseball World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday night, blanking the Chicago Cubs, 6-0.
Cleveland, appearing in their first World Series since 1997, got a strong pitching performance from starter Corey Kluber, who pitched 6 shutout innings, and were led at the plate by catcher Roberto Perez, who blasted two home runs, while driving home four runs.
Kluber, who allowed only four hits, to go along with no walks, while striking out nine, got help from ALCS MVP Andrew Miller, who got out of a base-loaded, no-out jam in the 7th, and Chad Allen, who tossed the 9th, as the Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven game series.
Jon Lester, who allowed six hits and three runs over 5.2 innings of work, suffered the loss for Chicago, who is appearing in their first World Series since 1945.
Game two of the series is slated for Wednesday night in Cleveland, with first-pitch scheduled for 6:08 (CDT).
The Indians got on the scoreboard first, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the first inning, with the first run crossing the plate courtesy of a bases-loaded dribbler off the bat of Jose Ramirez, before Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch, forcing home a second run.
Cleveland made it 3-0 in the bottom of the 4th, and then 6-0 in the bottom of the 8th, with the two homers by Perez:
More highlights, and reactions, are below:
Cleveland manager Terry Francona discusses the win, including Kluber's performance, below:
Below, MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Jack Morris discuss Game 2: