The Indians claimed Game 1 of the 112th World Series, 6-0, on Tuesday night, striking first against the Cubs as both clubs began their pursuit of an elusive championship.We are on the scene at Progressive Field, where the Fall Classic will resume tonight at 7 ET (one hour earlier than
The Indians claimed Game 1 of the 112th World Series, 6-0, on Tuesday night, striking first against the Cubs as both clubs began their pursuit of an elusive championship.
We are on the scene at Progressive Field, where the Fall Classic will resume tonight at 7 ET (one hour earlier than originally scheduled).
• Game 2: Tonight, 7 ET game time on FOX (6 ET pregame show on FS1)
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With rain in the forecast for northeastern Ohio, Major League Baseball moved up first pitch of Game 2 ahead of Thursday's scheduled travel day. Jake Arrieta is set to start for the Cubs against the Indians' Trevor Bauer with gates at Progressive Field opening at 4:30 p.m.
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Tribe ace Corey Kluber outdueled National League Championship Series co-MVP Jon Lester in Game 1, with the Indians' stellar bullpen combo of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen finishing off the shutout. Roberto Pérez fueled the offense with two home runs -- his first career multi-homer game -- and four RBIs.
12:16 a.m. ET: Skippers roll with Game 2 time change
"It just means we start an hour earlier. We can handle that," Indians manager Terry Francona said in his postgame news conference. "I'm going to be here anyway by 10, so it doesn't really matter."
Cubs manager Joe Maddon revealed how he learned of the time change: "We went out for that pitching change, and [Anthony] Rizzo said, 'Hey, look at the scoreboard, the game's been moved up an hour.' ... With technology as it is and you have good weather reports, I'd rather do that than have the game start at 8, and then get caught in the latter part of the game with some rain. So I think it's a good idea."
12:10 a.m. ET: Home cooking
Mark Kroger of Cleveland said he predicted a 7-2 Indians victory in Game 1, so what he and son Michael saw wasn't far off his expectations. They both are hoping the Indians continue to dominate in Game 2, anticipating bedlam at Wrigley Field when the Series shifts there on Friday.
"It was historic. I saw an Indians shirt the other night that said, 'Party like 1948,' and that's what we planned to do," Mark Kroger said. "We think the Tribe has to pull it off tomorrow night again, before they go to Chicago, because Chicago is going to be tough."
11:50 a.m. ET: Cubs fans not discouraged
Kieran Kelliher and Andrew Davis of Chicago drove due east to be here for Games 1 and 2. They still managed a smile as they made their way out of the lower seating.
"Best time I've ever had," Kelliher said. "You know what? It was closer than six runs, I think. We lost a lot of guys on the basepaths, could have brought them in with a clutch hit or two. But we also gave up a couple of easy runs."
10:10 p.m. ET: Whose goat is greatest?
With the Cubs in the house, it has been hard to miss "goat" references around Progressive Field. For example, after the fourth-inning home run by Perez, the giant scoreboard read: "LONG LIVE THE GOAT." And then there is Nate Crowe's sign. The Indians fan from Streetsboro, Ohio, has been holding up a huge fold-up sign in the Section 114 right-field home run seats, paying homage to Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez with the player's likeness and the message: "OUR GOAT PLAYS THIRD BASE."
"Hey, it's Jose Ramirez, why not?" Crowe said. "He's the greatest of all time."