Levine: Aroldis Chapman, Jon Lester Step Up When Needed Most For Cubs

Was it magic or desperation?

Chapman watched Lester roll through six innings and expected Maddon's talk of a long night would not happen, but reliever Carl Edwards allowed the potential tying run to reach second in the seventh and in came the call.

The lefty with the strongest arm in the game didn't disappoint. "That was impressive", Francona said. "When you have a guy like that in the bullpen - it was our best opportunity".

The NBA moved up the start time for Tuesday night's Cleveland Cavaliers game because of the World Series. You've got to battle. The Indians had yet to announce a starter. The cut opened in the first inning on October 17 and Bauer was forced to leave Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. "It gets more intense as the game goes on". They will score runs early, or in just one inning (like Sunday's game), but fail to add on, and end up holding on for dear life.

If anyone thoroughly represented the range of emotions felt by Cubs fans everywhere yesterday, it was Chicago's most famous supporter, Bill Murray. Francona was asked if he was surprised when Chapman came into the game with one out in the seventh. "That's why so many good teams have better records at home", Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday. Mike Clevinger went one inning, Bryan Shaw went 1⅓, and closer Cody Allen went the rest of the way.

"You're seeing a lot of that during the playoffs", Maddon said.

Cleveland threatened again in the eighth thanks to a mental error by Chapman, who failed to cover first base after Rizzo made a diving stop of a Rajai Davis grounder.

"Chappy coming in and doing what he has been doing for us since he came over here, and even before that, is pretty unbelievable to see", said Cubs starter and victor Jon Lester, a two-time World Series champion. Lindor took third base on a fielder's choice by Jose Ramirez and scored on a sacrifice fly out by Chisenhall to put Cleveland ahead, 4-1.

The Cubs did all their scoring during a three-run fourth inning, and it was Bryant providing the pop, breaking the ice with a solo home run to become the second-youngest player in franchise history to homer in a World Series game. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't. They said goodbye to the ballpark for the winter. "Nobody is ever running to the bat rack when Chapman comes into the game".

So while the national media continues to obsess over the Cubs, the Indians need just one win to win the franchise's first title since 1948.

Bauer started this past week in Game 2, the Cubs' only win thus far. Tomlin's regular-season ERA of 4.40 was much worse than Arrieta's (3.10), but the Indians' starter has been the superior pitcher since September. Sunday, he threw 42.

Kris Bryant blistered a homer into the left-field bleachers to lead off the fourth, Anthony Rizzo followed with a double, and the Cubs kept coming with three singles - a pair of which came on a bunt and an infield hit - from their next four hitters. But Cubs manager Joe Maddon took no chances from there.

It took Andrew Miller until he appeared in his 25 inning of postseason ball to allow a run.

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