CLEVELAND — What’s one more day of suffering? Both the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians’ fan bases have waited so long already.
The Cubs, powered in part by an Addison Russell grand slam and home runs from Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, have forced a decisive Game 7, winning Game 6 at Progressive Field in Cleveland in a 9-3 blowout on Tuesday night.
They now have the chance to win the World Series for the first time in 108 years. The Indians will get a third chance to win the World Series for the first time in 68 years.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta got his second win of the series. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out nine. The only damage done on his watch was a fourth-inning Mike Napoli RBI single, driving in Jason Kipnis, as well as by a Kipnis solo home run in the fifth.
“Jake was really good,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “On his regular rest he was outstanding. We came out hitting the baseball. We looked more normal. We hit our home runs.”
Game 7 is Wednesday in Cleveland, with first pitch scheduled for 6:08 p.m. MDT. It will air on FOX31.
Starting for the Indians will be Corey Kluber, who will try to win his third game in the series. He’ll face Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks, who had a no decision in Game 3.
The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, the longest drought in baseball. The Indians currently have the second-longest dry spell, last winning in 1948. The 174 combined seasons between titles for the two clubs is the most in World Series history.
By the end of Wednesday night, one city will feel pure euphoria. For the other, the misery will continue.
“I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s a really important game (Wednesday),” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “And we’ll be really excited to play. You learn from your mistakes and then move on quickly, and we’ll do that.
“It will be exciting to come to the ballpark (Wednesday). Shoot, I might just wear my uniform home. I might get ice cream on it though, so maybe I better not.”