DYK: Facts and figures from World Series Game 1

October 26th, 2016

The Indians struck the first blow of the 2016 World Series, shutting out the Cubs, 6-0, in Tuesday's night's Game 1 at Progressive Field.

Cleveland now takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series into tonight's Game 2, looking to claim the franchise's first championship since 1948.

• Game 2: Tonight, 7 p.m. ET game time on FOX (6 p.m. ET pregame show on FS1)

Here are some facts and figures to know from the Fall Classic opener.

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• The Indians' victory came 19 years to the day after their last in the World Series, in Game 6 of the 1997 Fall Classic. It snapped the franchise's four-game losing streak in World Series openers, since they won Game 1 in 1920.

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• History is certainly on the Indians' side now that they have the lead. In all best-of-seven postseason series, Game 1 winners have gone 109-60. Meanwhile, the last 14 teams to take Game 1 of the World Series at home have gone on to a championship, with the last exception the 1992 Braves against the Blue Jays.

• Indians manager Terry Francona, who swept World Series with the 2004 and '07 Red Sox, improved to 9-0 in his World Series managerial career. That's the third-longest streak in history, behind Joe Torre (14 games, 1996-2000) and Joe McCarthy (10 games, 1937-41), but the longest to begin a career.

• Francona is 36-19 (.655) all-time in postseason play, the highest win percentage by any manager with at least 50 postseason games managed. His 36 postseason wins are seventh-most in Major League history, trailing Torre (84-58, .592); Tony La Russa (70-58, .547); Bobby Cox (67-69, .493); Bruce Bochy (44-33, .571); Jim Leyland (44-40, .524); and Casey Stengel (37-26, .587).

• When stepped into the box to lead off the game, he became the first African-American player to appear in the World Series for the Cubs. The last time the team made it to the Fall Classic was two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947.

• Behind and their dynamic bullpen, the Indians notched their fourth shutout of the postseason, tying the single-postseason record by any club. Four other teams have accomplished the feat, most recently the Giants in both 2010 and '12.

• Kluber became the first pitcher in World Series history to rack up eight strikeouts through three innings, getting all three outs via the K in both the second and third. That run allowed Kluber to break the Indians' team record for strikeouts in a World Series game, as he finished with nine to surpass the seven tallied by Jaret Wright (1997) and Orel Hershiser (1995).

• Kluber, who did not allow a run in six-plus innings, now has three scoreless starts of at least six frames this postseason. That ties the record held by (2014), Kenny Rogers (2006) and Christy Mathewson (1905).

• When came into the game in the seventh inning, he walked , the first batter he faced. It was the first time Miller issued a free pass to a left-handed hitter since July 2, when he walked . That was the only walk Miller issued to a lefty all season.

• With two more scoreless relief innings, Miller still has yet to allow a run in the postseason in his career. He's thrown 22 scoreless innings with 34 strikeouts, including 13 2/3 innings and 24 strikeouts this year alone. He's struck out more than 40 percent of the batters he's faced, both in 2016 and in his playoff career overall.

• Miller didn't have the easiest go of it in Game 1, though. He allowed multiple hits and multiple walks for the first time this season in 77 appearances and threw a season-high 46 pitches. He also loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh but escaped unscathed with a short flyout and back-to-back strikeouts. Miller has faced five batters with the bases loaded this year and struck out four of them, without allowing a run.

• Overall in Game 1, Cleveland pitchers recorded 15 strikeouts, the most times the Cubs have ever struck out in a postseason game.

• Indians catcher , who hit three home runs in 61 regular-season games this year, hit two in Game 1 to give him three in nine postseason games. Not only was it Perez's first multi-homer game in the big leagues, it also was his first as a professional going back to the beginning of his Minor League career in 2009.

• Perez is the first Indians player to homer twice in a World Series game, and he joins just two other Indians to have a multi-homer postseason game -- Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez, who each did it twice. Perez is also the first American League player to have a two-homer World Series game since the Angels' Tim Salmon in 2002.

• Only four other catchers had hit two homers in a World Series Game before Perez Tuesday night: Gary Carter (1986), Johnny Bench (1976), Gene Tenace (1972) and Yogi Berra (1956). Perez and Tenace are the only two catchers to homer twice in their first career World Series game.

• Perez is the first Puerto Rican player with a multi-homer game in the World Series. He is also the first player to hit two home runs out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup in a World Series game.

• When Cubs starter allowed two runs in the first inning, it surpassed the total he allowed in the first three World Series starts of his career, combined. In those outings, Lester gave up one run over 21 innings.

, who led the Major Leagues in hit-by-pitches this season with 31, was hit by another with the bases loaded in the first inning of Game 1. It was only the seventh bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in World Series history, and the first since Rafael Furcal was plunked by in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.

• Lester had never hit a batter with the bases loaded until this season, when he did it twice.

• Cubs designated hitter Schwarber became the first player to start a World Series game after playing two or fewer games during the regular season. Schwarber tore his ACL on April 7, in his second game of 2016, only returning for this series. Schwarber's fourth-inning double made him the first position player to pick up a World Series hit after having none in the regular season.

• With starting for the Cubs and for the Indians, this was the first World Series game to feature a pair of shortstops age 22 or younger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.