Cubs Take Game 7 for First World Series Championship in 108 Years


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Game 7 of the World Series definitely looked like the last game of sports' longest season.

A lot of lights-out pitchers that have been dominant all season looked very touchable—four earned runs off Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber in four innings, two off reliever Andrew Miller in 2.1, two off Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman in 1.1—and the teams combined for four errors.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon, too, seemed to avoid good decisions all night. Staked to a 5-1 lead, he removed NL ERA leader Kyle Hendricks after just 63 pitches, 4.2 innings, and one earned run allowed with a man on first.

Enter Jon Lester. After an infield single and an error by catcher David Ross, Lester—whom Maddon specifically did not want to enter in the middle of a "dirty" inning due to a lack of experience in such situations—threw a wild pitch that plated two runs, which hadn't happened in a World Series since 1911.

Ross then blasted a solo home run to atone for his error and give the Indians a 6-3 lead.

A night after Chapman threw 20 pitches, he entered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth with a man on first. He promptly surrendered two extra-base hits: an RBI double to Brandon Guyer, and a game-tying home run from Rajai Davis.

Indians closer Cody Allen pitched two innings of shutout ball and Chapman bounced back for a clean ninth to get the teams to extra innings. After a 12-minute rain delay, Ben Zobrist, who last year won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals, broke the tie in the 10th.

Zobrist was named the World Series MVP.

The Cubs tacked on another in the top of the inning. Then Cleveland added one of their own in the bottom half off Cubs reliever Carl Edwards, before Mike Montgomery came on to record the final out for the 8-7 win.

The World Series championship is the Cubs' first since 1908, and their comeback from down 3-1 in the series is the first in the final round since the Royals did the same in 1985. The Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948.