If Game 2 of the World Series, which took just over four hours to complete, felt like a slog to you at times, well, imagine how it felt for the Indians pitchers who spent a cold night getting five runs squeezed out of them by a relentlessly patient Cubs lineup.
Whether by design or by virtue of the fact that Corey Kluber wasn’t on the mound, the Cubs showed little interest in doing what the Indians’ pitchers wanted them to do. The Cubs struck out 15 times and drew just two walks while seeing 151 pitches in Game 1. Last night, they saw 196 pitches, drew eight walks, and went down on strikes just eight times.
Cubs hitters were working counts all night and shrugging at the Indians’ attempts to bait them out of the zone. The 3-4-5 hitters exercised the most patience, and just so happened to be the ones who did the most damage. Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, and Kyle Schwarber combined for five hits, four walks, four RBI, and just two strikeouts. The trio saw 76 pitches in their 15 plate appearances.