CHICAGO — I’ll be recapping and giving insight on World Series Game 3 as it happens. Stay tuned throughout the game for some straight fire that you won’t get anywhere else.

TOP 1ST

Incredible comeback by Hendricks. After giving up two hits, he faced runners at the corners with one out. He picked off Francisco Lindor at first and then outpitched Mike Napoli to strand a runner at third. Huge momentum swing for the Cubs.

Impressive approaches by Kipnis and Lindor, but Hendricks remains the man of steel. His command has also been impressive early, much like in NLCS Game 6.

BOT 1ST

The Wrigley crowd is jumping at pretty much every ball in play. Same electric atmosphere as NLCS Game 6.

Nothing going for the Cubs in the bottom of the first. It will be interesting to see if they can score early against Tomlin.

The Cubs have the more potent offense, but the Indians can grind out any game.

TOP 2ND

More shabby defense for the Cubs. Another runner on that really shouldn’t have been.

Nice play by Bryant. Ramirez could have been safe if he had gone. However, with Hendricks’ pickoff move, I don’t blame him.

Hendricks throwing well, locating his pitches. Indians being aggressive early in counts, but not swinging out of their shoes.

Double play from Perez. Perfect time for Cubs to put some runs on the board.

BOT 2ND

Ben Zobrist is winning at walk-up music.

And baseball. Base hit up the middle. Zobrist continues his hot World Series. Clearly seeing the ball well and has a solid approach going at the plate.

Tomlin trying to join the pickoff party.

Cubs have a chance to go big in this inning. Even with the bottom of the lineup, Hendricks has hit safely several times this postseason, and even driven in some runs.

How has Joe West umpired six World Series?

Soler up now. One of the few young Cubs that has not realized his potential in this postseason.

Soler strikes out, and it wasn’t even that close. Up to Baez now.

Baez needs to stay disciplined and not overswing against the Tomlin curveball.

Baez pops a Tomlin curveball up. Inning ends, Cubs strand Zobrist on second.

Oh World Series commercials. Chevy should just buy Fox already, by the way.

TOP 3RD

Tyler Naquin is very young. Not only is he very young, but he also LOOKS VERY YOUNG.

UNBELIEVEABLY BRILLIANT PLAY BY ADDISON RUSSELL. I GUESS THAT MET-RX IS PAYING OFF.

He caught that ball BARELY off the ground. Unbelievable play ranging to his right.

And Hendricks strikes out Tomlin. Again, a defensive play seemed to give the Cubs momentum.

Cool to see Curtis Granderson, from Chicago, recieve the Roberto Clemente award at Wrigley. Awesome coincidence. Or is it? #IlluminatiConfirmed

Hendricks walks Santana.

Kipnis, from Chicago area, tries to ruin Chicago fans’ day. They all want to ruin his.

As does Hendricks. NASTY changeup for strike two. TREMENDOUS movement on that pitch.

Kipnis reminding me of Denard Span right now.

Hendricks strikes out Kipnis. Cubs should really put a run on the board in the bottom of this inning.

BOT 3RD

Bathroom delay for Napoli. Even the World Series can have hiccups.

When the Cubs hit it hard, they hit it at people. They should stop that.

Before that groundout, Hendricks was hitting .500. I think that’s the highest of any players, minimum five at-bats. Has he had five at-bats?

Back to the top of the order and Fowler, who should get on base. Even John Smoltz thinks so.

Cubs still hitting it hard right at people. At least they’re hitting it hard.

TOP 4TH

PRO TIP TO ANTHONY RIZZO: Don’t go into acting.

Francisco Lindor is having fun. Says Joe Buck. Oh by the way, that was strike two. What pitch type was that? Is Hendricks still pitching? Who knows what goes on in Joe Buck’s head?

Base hit to right for Lindor. Indians keep hitting balls in Rizzo’s general direction.

Great location from Hendricks. Also, when did Mike Napoli become Paul Bunyan? He was never this good in Anaheim. Or is it Los Angeles? Or is it both, but who cares? No one knows.

STRIKEOUT. One out, Lindor still on first.

Ramirez with a single. Lindor and Ramirez: 4 for 4. Nice job with the insightful statistic Joe Buck.

Chisenhall hunts the first pitch apparently. I thought hunting was for the offseason. But what do I know? I’m not Joe Buck.

First and third, two out. Nice pick by Hendricks at first. Contreras was not there to back the play up, as he had to stay at home to protect from Lindor scoring.

Hendricks, aka the ICEMAN, gets Perez looking. Nice help framing the picture from Contreras.

BOT 4TH

Will be interesting to see if Bryant, a good curveball hitter, can make something happen against Tomlin’s.

Tomlin almost hits Bryant. Actually, he might have hit him. No matter. Bryant still in the box.

Replay of Hendricks’ last pitch. Incredible movement.

Bryant got pretty lucky. A leadoff walk for him. Good insight by Smoltz that the way Perez caught the ball made it look lower than it was. Hirschbeck not giving too many low strikes though, in my estimation. Certainly not a low-ball zone from him.

Here comes Rizzo. Popout to Perez in foul ground. Tomlin did an excellent job of pitching Rizzo inside in that at-bat.

Here is Zobrist with one on and one out.

Wow. Tomlin (or the Indians) really don’t want Bryant to steal.

Zobrist grounds into a fielder’s choice. Two on, one out. Extremely loud noises from the Cubs fans when Zobrist was called safe as first.

Contreras flies out to end the inning. Only 51 pitches for Tomlin so far. That’s pretty impressive.

TOP 5TH

Naquin with a hit. Tomlin with a bunt, after some questionable attempts. Naquin to second.

Santana walks.

Very tight strike zone from Hirschbeck.

Hendricks hits Kipnis. Based loaded, one out. Grimm coming in.

GRIMM INDUCES AN INNING-ENDING DOUBLE PLAY FROM KIPNIS HOLY COW AND HE IS SO PUMPED AND SO IS RIZZO AND SO ARE CUBS FANS AND SO AM I

BOT 5TH

SOLER GETS A HIT

MILLER LURKS IN THE BULLPEN AS BAEZ BATS

BAEZ SWINGS AND MISSES

SUCH BULLPEN

Baez grounds out, moves Soler to second. Russell grounds out, does not move Soler anywhere.

Montero coming up, whose only hit this postseason is a grand slam. Indians going to bullpen, probably Miller. Not 100% sure yet, cause I haven’t seen who is actually on the mound.

Yup. It’s Miller. Oh boy.

Strike one: Montero’s bat falls out of his hands.

Strike two: 96 mph fastball. Life is not fair.

Next pitch: Montero hits it hard to right! Like legitimately hard! Holy cow! But, sadly, right at Chisenhall. Inning over.

TOP 6TH

Josh Tomlin’s dad is cool. But his team must lose.

My stream is struggling because my roommate is now using the WiFi too. But I guess Edwards got out of the inning. Good.

Wau Facebook Live commercial. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEEEE

BOT 6TH

Miller takes care of Fowler like it’s nothing. For him, it probably is nothing.

Miller’s really tall. Wow.

That beard though

KRIS BRYANT

swings and misses

Miller’s 6’7″. So that’s why he’s tall.

He struck out Bryant, by the way. On a slider. Shocking, I know.

Rizzo deserves an honorable mention for the walk-up music. BAAAAAAAAAAAAD BLOOD.

RIZZO

LOOKING AT MILLER

TRYING TO INTIMIDATE HIM

That slider is unbelievable

Live stream choked again, but it’s a commercial now, so I guess he got Rizzo out. Shocking.

TOP 7TH

BUD LIGHT GAME SUMMARY

-Pitching

-Oh by the way Miller is good

Perez with the leadoff single to right-center. Rounded first like a champ, intelligently decided not to go to second like a smart person.

Updated stream. Runner on second. Too many changes to keep track of.

Rajai Davis batting.

LOL MILLER’S ON DECK OMG I WANNA SEE MILLER HIT PLS LIKE DON’T LET THE INDIANS SCORE BUT I WANNA SEE MILLER HIT

DOES HE EVEN HAVE HIS OWN HELMET

OR BAT

Davis walks.

Miller out of the game. Crisp in to pinch-hit. Contreras almost picked off Martinez at third.

Crisp with an RBI single. Davis out trying to go to third. 1-0 Indians. Two outs, Crisp at first.

Montgomery in for Edwards.

Kipnis ground ball to Rizzo, who screws it up. Looks like Baez saved the day. Called out on the field. Review in progress.

Out confirmed.

BILL MURRAY GONNA SING TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME

OH MY GOD I THINK HE’S ON DRUGS

Maybe

He’s spraying it

BOT 7TH

Zobrist: Out.

Contreras: Out.

Soler: TRIPLE OMG WAIT HOW

HEYWARD COMING IN TO PINCH-RUN

NOW BAEZ

BAEZ PLS DON’T SWING TOO HARD

He swung too hard. Ground ball to Lindor, inning over.

TOP 8TH

At this point, no one cares unless the Cubs give up more runs.

Which they don’t. Montgomery and Strop take care of business.

BOT 8TH

Russell: K.

COME ON SCHWARBER SAVE US AGAIN

NO DON’T POP UP AN INSIDE PITCH TO LINDOR THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO

Here’s Dexter Fowler.

OOH SINGLE

UH OH HERE COME ALLEN

BUT BRYANT

K

TOP 9TH

Again, no one cares about this inning unless the Cubs screw it up.

ooooooooooooooh here come Champan!!!

Chisenhall: K

Martinez: K (only 99 though)

Gomes: Good at-bat. He’s worked a 3-1 count. But groundout.

Interesting Note: For whatever reason, Chapman topped out at 101 in this inning and had several fastballs below 100. For anyone else, that would be great, or at least fine, but for Chapman, who usually throws his fastball above 100 and has this postseason, it’s concerning. It’s unknown what this is caused by, whether fatigue, overuse, or something else, but I’m sure it’s something the Cubs have taken note of too. He retired the side in order this inning, and is still extremely effective in the velocity range he demonstrated tonight. However, part of his effect relies on consistent over-100 mph velocity, which he didn’t have tonight. While I’m not sure the Cubs are concerned about it, I’m sure they noticed it, and will be looking into it as soon as possible.

BOT 9TH

Last chance for the Cubs. If they can’t pull this out, they have to face Kluber tomorrow, which would put them at a sizable risk of going down 3-1 in the series.

Here’s Rizzo. LEADOFF SINGLE ON THE FIRST PITCH OMG

Coghlan pinch-running for Rizzo. Makes sense, but if the Cubs have to go into extras, this would be less than ideal. But, you have to go all in to try to keep the game alive.

HERE’S ZOBRIST THE WINNER AND HOT MAN

boo strikeout

Contreras

Grounds out on the first pitch, but moves the runner to second. Problem out, there’s now two outs.

Here comes Heyward, who really struggled during the regular season and has done even worse in the postseason.

Bouncing ball to Napoli. HE BOBBLES IT!!!!!!!!!! RUNNERS ON THE CORNERS

ALL RIGHT BAEZ PLEASE BE MORE DISCIPLINED THIS TIME

Heyward steals second. Base hit could now win the game. Indians playing deep in the outfield, as FOX commentators noted.

2-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would a walk be good in this spot? It would introduce a force at any base and bring up Russell, who has struggled mightily in this game.

2-2

And the game’s over. Indians win 1-0. Impressive pitching performances from Tomlin, Miller, Shaw, and Allen. Hendricks and Grimm as well. Crisp’s clutch RBI hit was the difference, made possible by an Edwards wild pitch.


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I’m Christian Babcock. I love sports (obviously), especially those in my home region of the Bay Area. I have grown up experiencing exciting moments in sporting history in the form of championships for the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. Went to college for a year in LA, then came back to my senses and returned to the Bay. Follow me on Twitter @CB_Journalist for updates on my new articles as well as my other journalistic pursuits.
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Pac-12 Department Head, The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I’m Christian Babcock. I love sports (obviously), especially those in my home region of the Bay Area. I have grown up experiencing exciting moments in sporting history in the form of championships for the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. Went to college for a year in LA, then came back to my senses and returned to the Bay. Follow me on Twitter @CB_Journalist for updates on my new articles as well as my other journalistic pursuits.
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