CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians came up short in their first chance to wrap up their first World Series title since 1948.
The good news is that they get two shots at doing it in front of their home fans.
Game 6 of the World Series is set for Cleveland Tuesday night after the Cubs stayed alive with a Game 5 win. Game 7 will be played near the Cuyahoga River, too, if it’s necessary.
Jake Arrieta will take the mound Tuesday at Progressive Field, where he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of a Game 2 Chicago win. The Indians will counter with Josh Tomlin, who pitched 4 2-3 solid innings in Cleveland’s 1-0 shutout at Wrigley Field in Game 3.
Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that he still wasn’t sure who he’d put in left field for Game 6. Francona used Carlos Santana in left field while the two teams played without a designated hitter in the National League park. This skipper plans to make Santana his DH again and go with Rajai Davis or Coco Crisp in left on Tuesday. Francona said Monday that he was leaning toward Crisp, although Davis had two hits and three stolen bases in Game 5.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon anticipates closer Aroldis Chapman will be available for another long outing in Game 6 despite throwing 42 pitches in an eight-out save on Sunday.
And rookie catcher Willson Contreras is set to start with Arrieta on the mound for Game 6. Contreras and Dave Ross are a combined 2-for-18 in the series, with Ross going 1-for-4.