The Cubs drew even in the World Series with a 5-1 victory over the Indians in Game 2 on a cold Wednesday night in Cleveland. Among the biggest performances for Chicago were those turned in by Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber and Jake Arrieta.Below is a look at each of those
The Cubs drew even in the World Series with a 5-1 victory over the Indians in Game 2 on a cold Wednesday night in Cleveland. Among the biggest performances for Chicago were those turned in by Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber and Jake Arrieta.
Below is a look at each of those signature moments and how they impacted the Cubs' first World Series victory since Game 6 of the 1945 Fall Classic. Cast your vote for the best performance on Twitter @MLB.
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Rizzo keeps raking
Despite a 1-for-23 start to his postseason, Rizzo seems to have found his swing. In Game 2, he opened the scoring for the Cubs with an RBI double down the right-field line in the first inning off Trevor Bauer. Rizzo has eight hits in his past 21 at-bats, including three doubles and two homers.
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The beat goes on for Schwarber
Schwarber was once again in the starting lineup for the Cubs in Game 2 as the designated hitter, and after going 1-for-3 with a double off the right-field wall in Game 1, he continued to deliver big hits on Wednesday. Schwarber missed nearly the entire season after injuring his left knee in early April and he didn't return to action until Game 1 on Tuesday, but with two RBI singles in Game 2, the 23-year-old slugger is batting .429 in the World Series.
Arrieta tosses 5 1/3 hitless frames
Arrieta didn't give up a hit until Jason Kipnis doubled with one out in the sixth inning. The 5 1/3 no-hit innings is the third-longest no-hit bid in a World Series game in franchise history, behind Ed Reulbach's six no-hit frames in Game 2 of the 1906 World Series, and Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown's 5 2/3 hitless innings in Game 4 of that series. And it was the longest no-hit bid of any pitcher in a World Series game since Jerry Koosman's six no-hit frames for the Mets in Game 2 of the 1969 World Series. Arrieta's final line was 5 2/3 innings pitched, one run allowed on two hits, with three walks and six strikeouts.
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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports.