2016 World Series Game 7

cubsIn a battle of the two longest World Series title drought between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs that combined for 175 years, one game would decide which drought would be over. The Cubs who have been the best baseball team all year ran into trouble early in the World Series against the team of destiny the Indians when they quickly fell down 3-1 in the series. The Cubs won game 5 at home to stay alive and won game 6 easily to force a Game 7 in Cleveland at Progressive Field. The Cubs started Game 7 with a lead-off home run by Dexter Fowler, the first player to ever do that in a World Series Game 7. The Indians would tie the game 1-1 in the 3rd inning with an RBI single from Carlos Santana. The Cubs would quickly retake the lead 3-1 in in the 4th inning with a sacrifice fly by Addison Russell and a double from by Willson Contreras. Two more runs were scored by the Cubs in the 5th with a home run by Javier Baez and a RBI single by Anthony Rizzo to increase the lead to 5-1. The Indians came back in the 5th with two runs of their own with a wild pitch that scored Jason Kipnis and Santana to cut the lead to 5-3. In the 6th, Cubs veteran catcher David Ross hit a solo home run to make it 6-3 to become the oldest player to hit a home run in a World Series Game 7 at 39 years old. The Indians needed some magic to get back in the game, in the 8th they would get it. Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman came in the 8th and gave up an RBI double by Brandon Guyer as the lead was now 6-4. The very next batter Indians center fielder Rajai Davis hit a two-run home run in the left field to the tie the game at 6-6 as Progressive Field exploded in excitement. The game remained tied after the 9th to go to extra innings. All of a sudden rain started to pour down and the game went into a 17-minute rain delay. The Cubs retook the lead in the 10th with an RBI double by Ben Zobrist and an RBI single by Miguel Montero as the Cubs were up 8-6 needing just three more outs to end their 108 years curse. In the bottom of 10th, the Indians kept fighting, they got an RBI single by Davis to cut the lead to 8-7.  Cubs pitcher Mike Montgomery got Martinez to ground out as Cubs Kris Bryant threw him out at first base as the Cubs finally won the World Series! 108 years of pain was finally over. The Cubs became the first team since the 1985 Kansas City Royals to come back from 3-1 deficit to win the World Series and the first since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to win Game 6 and Game 7 on the road. This game will go down as one of the greatest baseball games ever.

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