World Series Championship Winners
The Cleveland Indians were hoping to extend the Chicago Cubs losing-streak to 109 years without a World Series Championship title. With over forty million people watching at home and 35,000 people at the game including Bill Murray, LeBron James and Chance the Rapper, Progressive Field was the most exciting place to be on World Series night. The close game lasted four-plus hours and was extremely intense.
On the fourth pitch of the game Dexter Fowler hit the first homer to get the Cubs a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless second inning, the Indians finally scored to tie, but right away in the fourth the Cubs pulled ahead to make the score 3-1.
After batting in two more runs, the Cubs seemed to have a good enough lead. Pitcher Jon Lester was replaced by Kyle Hendricks, and both Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis earned runs to cut the deficit to two, 5-3. This did not bring the Cubs down though. During the sixth inning only one run was scored; catcher David Ross, playing his last game of his career, had a beautiful homer to make the score 6-3. The pressure was on for the Indians.
The bottom of the eighth seemed like a miracle. Pitcher Aroldis Chapman is replaced by Jon Lester with a man on first and two outs. Rajai Davis, Brandon Guyer, and Jose Ramirez all scored runs and tied up the game.
After a fiteen minute rain delay, the tenth inning finally started with the score 6-6.The bases were loaded with only one out. Anthony Rizzo and Albert Almora, in for Kyle Schwarber, pulled the Cubs ahead once again, 8-6. Cleveland pitcher Bryan Shaw was replaced by Trevor Bauer and struck out Jason Heyward. Javier Baez was up to bat, took the single, and the game entered into the second half of the inning.
Chicago pitcher Carl Edwards, Jr. started the bottom half striking out Mike Napoli and walking Brandon Guyer. Rajai Davis singled Brandon Guyer home to make the score 8-7 with the Cubs still up. It came down to the last play of the game, and Michael Martinez grounded the ball to third. It was picked up and launched to first; Martinez is out. The 108 year curse was broken, and the Cubs won the 2016 World Series!
You could hear the canting of the cubs fans all over the country, “Go Cubs Go!” The streets around Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, were full, and the fans were celebrating one of the best nights of their lives.
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