Run for the Ring: World Series Game 4
Don’t worry, this is the last loss, even if it was a particularly crushing defeat.
The Cubs actually jumped out to an early lead in Game 4 of the World Series as Dexter Fowler doubled to begin the bottom of the 1st and Anthony Rizzo drove him home two batters later.
But the Indians responded with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd inning and went on to score 7 unanswered tallies. The Cubs didn’t score again until the bottom of the 8th when Fowler homered off Cleveland relief ace Andrew Miller.
Corey Kluber was once again dominant for the Indians, tossing 6 innings of 1-run ball, improving his postseason record to 4-1 with a 0.89 October ERA. Miller threw 2 innings in relief to shut the door on any possible Cubs comeback.
For the North Siders, John Lackey took the ball in his final appearance of the season, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. A trio of relievers – Mike Montgomery, Justin Grimm, Travis Wood – combined to give up 4 runs after Lackey departed the game.
Offensively, the Cubs managed 7 hits and a walk, but only twice did they put multiple baserunners on in an inning.
Jason Kipnis, the Chicago-area native who is now on the Cubs roster, had 3 hits and 3 RBI in the game, including a 3-run shot in the 7th inning to really put the game out of reach.
The loss simply set the stage for the epic comeback, making the rally from a 3-1 deficit in the series all the more sweet.
Here’s how the two teams lined up that night for the Game 4 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field:
Rajai Davis – LF
Jason Kipnis – 2B
Francisco Lindor – SS
Carlos Santana – 1B
José Ramírez – 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall – RF
Roberto Pérez – C
Tyler Naquin – CF
Corey Kluber – P
Dexter Fowler – CF
Kris Bryant – 3B
Anthony Rizzo – 1B
Ben Zobrist – LF
Willson Contreras – C
Addison Russell – SS
Jason Heyward – RF
Javy Báez – 2B
John Lackey – P
- It was the second time in the postseason where Kluber pitched on short rest.
- The last team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series was the 1985 Royals who accomplished the feat against the Cardinals.