With their backs against Wrigley’s ivy-covered outfield wall, the Chicago Cubs managed to eke out a victory at Wrigley Field – the first World Series win at the century-old stadium in more than seven decades – and stay alive to fight another day in Cleveland.
At long last, the heart of the Cubs lineup provided offense off Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer. The Indians' Jose Ramirez struck first with a solo homer off Jon Lester in the second inning, but a home run from Kris Bryant in the fourth inning followed by hits from Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist allowed a sacrifice fly by catcher David Ross to put them over the top. Though the Indians scored one more run, steady pitching from starter Jon Lester and 2 2/3 scoreless innings from closer Aroldis Chapman enabled the slumping Cubs to stop a three-game slide and fend off the Cleveland Indians with a final score of 3-2.
Ticket prices for what could have been the Cubs’ last stand had dropped considerably from highs in the thousands for Saturday’s game, but the fans that stuck it out for a nail-biting win were rewarded with a jubilant crowd at Clark and Addison following the game.
The series continues with Game 6 in Cleveland on Tuesday.
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