The Cubs attempt to end their historic 108 year World Series drought was the central national storyline heading into Game 1 of the 2016 World Series.
Last night was Cleveland’s night. With the Cavs raising the city’s first major sports championship banner across the street at Quicken Loans Arena, the Indians blanked the Cubs 6-0 at Progressive Field in Game 1. It was a fairy tale evening for a city with it’s own uniquely rich history of sports disappointment.
Cleveland starter Corey Kluber sawed through the Cubs lineup with 9 strikeouts in 6 scoreless innings, and the Indians offense jumped on Jon Lester for 2 first inning runs, to secure an early lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Cleveland middle reliever Andrew Miller, who has been untouchable throughout the playoffs, emerged unscathed from a bases loaded jam in the 7th, and another threat in the 8th, preserving the 3-0 lead.
The Indians broke open the game in the bottom of the 8th, when light hitting catcher, and now Cleveland folk hero, Roberto Perez ripped his second home run of the game, a 3-run bomb that gave the home team an insurmountable 6-0 lead. Perez also hit a solo shot in the 4th. He only had 3 home runs during the regular season.
Game 2 in Cleveland is tonight. First pitch has been moved up one hour to 7:08 PM EST due to impending inclement weather. The Cubs start Jake Arrieta. Trevor Bauer, amateur drone repairman, will go for Cleveland.