The Cleveland Indians were hoping that Trevor Bauer would lead them to a Game 5 victory on Sunday night, and their first World Series title since 1948.
While Bauer pitched decently for the first three innings, he fell apart in the fourth, allowing the Cubs to score three runs on a Kris Bryant home run, an Addison Russell single, and a David Ross sac fly. He was removed at the start of the fifth inning, posting a line of 4.0 IP, seven strikeouts, three runs, and six hits. Not his best day at the office.
The three runs that Bauer gave up would prove to be all the Cubs needed to stay alive in the Series. The Indians grabbed a single run in the second and sixth innings, but Chicago closer Aroldis Chapman came on in the seventh inning to record the first eight out save of his career. Chicago hung on to a nervous 3-2 victory to force the Series back to Cleveland for Games 6 and (if necessary) Game 7.
As Bauer left the game, he was heckled by Cubs fans. One fan thanks him for losing. Another teased: ”Bauer, can you pitch Game 6? One more time.”
Bauer, who has a reputation for clapping back with trash talk of his own, responded.
”Be sure to thank me when you lose Game 6,” he yelled as he headed into the dugout.
Game 6 goes down Tuesday night in Cleveland. Jake Arrieta will take the mound for Chicago and Josh Tomlin will pitch on short rest for Cleveland, as the Cubs try to force a Game 7 and end their 108 year championship drought.