The Cleveland Indians are one win away from their third WS title—and first since 1948—after a 7-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 4.
For the Cubs, it’s one more loss until they chant “wait ’til next year” which they have done each year since 1908.
For Terry Francona, now 11-1 in WS games, it’s one win away from ensuring a ticket to Cooperstown as a HOF mgr. We won in 2004 and 2007, both in sweeps while Boston’s manager. If he now takes the Indians to a title, breaking yet another curse (86 years for Boston, 68 for Cleveland), his election should be assured.
Jason Kipnis had 3 hits, inc. a 3-run HR (the first player to hit a 3-run HR at Wrigley Field in a WS since… Babe Ruth) and Carlos Santana had 3 hits, inc. a HR in the victory. Francisco Lindor had 2 hits and an RBI.
Corey Kluber pitched six strong innings for the win, giving up 1 run. He even drove in a run with an infield single.
Andrew Miller finally cracked, giving up a HR to Dexter Fowler.
Game 5 is tonight in Chicago.