The greatest situation a fan can ask for is a championship decided at the wire, the final pivotal game coming down to winner takes all. The World Series came down to game 7 and turned out to be a game for the ages.
The Cubs sent Kyle Hendricks to the mound with hopes of a dominant start. For the Indians, ace Corey Kluber was on the hill. Going into the game, Cleveland looked to have the advantage with the pitching weapons of Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen all available. Chicago had announced starter Jon Lester would be available out of the bullpen as well as closer Aroldis Chapman. The stage was set for a pitchers duel in the final game of the 2016 season.
The game started off incredibly fast with Dexter Flower hitting a lead off home run to put Chicago up 1-0. Cleveland responded with a run in the third but Chicago’s offense then exploded, taking a 6-3 lead into the bottom on the 8th inning. Cleveland rallied in the 8th to tie the game on an RBI double by Brandan Guyer and a monster two-run homer by outfielder Rajai Davis. The hits came off of closer Aroldis Chapman, who was used in game 6 when the Cubs were ahead and seemed to have the game in hand. Early into Chapman’s outing in game 7, though, you could tell the fatigue from game 6 was a factor. Putting him in was a head-scratching decision by Cubs manager Joe Maddon. After nine innings, the game was tied and headed to extras.
Right after the bottom of the ninth ended, the grounds crew ran onto the field indicating they were going to delay the game because of rain. One of the greatest games in baseball history, about to go into extra innings, was being stopped because of rain. Twitter exploded with outrage as many wanted the game to continue. The delay only lasted a short time and play resumed. In the top of the 10th inning, Chicago scored 2 runs to give the Cubs a good but not comfortable lead. In the bottom of the 10th, Cleveland scored to make it a one-run game. With two outs and a ground ball to third, the Cubs’ Chris Bryant threw to Anthony Rizzo to end the game 8-7. The Chicago Cubs have ended their 108 year championship drought. The Chicago Cubs are 2016 World Series Champions.