Indians Rout Cubs In First Return To Wrigley Field Since 2016 World Series

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CHICAGO, Illinois — The Cleveland Indians dominated the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, 10-1, in their return to Wrigley Field for the first time since the unforgettable 2016 World Series.

 

Game Recap

The Indians dominated this game all night long as Jose Ramirez started the scoring off with a three-run bomb to right field in the top of the third for his 14th home run of the season.

“He’s one of the better hitters in the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Ramirez after the game. “You look at him (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) and I don’t know if you necessarily think you see a guy who can drive the ball out of the ballpark like that. And now as he’s accumulating some experience, he knows the pitchers, he knows how they’re attacking him. It makes him even better.”

Ramirez was feeling pretty confident after his great game on Tuesday night.

That was followed swiftly by a sac fly from Roberto Perez, which brought home Yonder Alonso to give the Tribe a 4-0 lead after three innings.

Cleveland’s offensive onslaught continued with three more runs in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Melky Cabrera and a two-run RBI single by Chicago native Jason Kipnis.

Yonder Alonso capped off the victory with a three-run RBI double in the top of the fifth.

The Cubs would only muster one run on a solo slam by Ian Happ in the bottom of the ninth as the Tribe went on to win, 10-1.

 

Bauer Continues His Dominance

Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer continued his incredible 2018 season on Tuesday with his fourth win of the season as Bauer refused to give up a single run in six innings while striking out six Chicago batters.  Bauer has now had back-to-back shutout outings.

Bauer is now pitching a 2.35 ERA on the season, the lowest of his entire MLB career.

 

Homecoming For Kipnis

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had a homecoming of sorts Tuesday night as the native of Chicago suburb Northbrook returned with the Indians to Wrigley Field for the first time since Game 5 of the fabled 2016 World Series which ended in the Cubs winning the championship in extra innings of Game 7, their first World Series victory since 1908.

Kipnis’ family was in the stands at Wrigley on Tuesday night and he shared a nice moment with them before the start of the game.

Kipnis finished the night with a two-run RBI single and a walk.

 

The Indians will be back at it against the Cubs on Wednesday night at 8:05pm ET as Adam Plutko will get his second start of the season for the Tribe against Chicago ace Jon Lester.