Jake Arrieta, and Kyle Schwarber showed flashes of the 2015 version of themselves in the Cubs 5-1 win over the Indians in game two of the World Series.
Arrieta flirted with a no-hitter in game two. He was hitless through five innings when he gave up a pair of hits and a run in the sixth. But he performed exactly how the Cubs needed him to. He looked like the pitcher who won the Cy Young award last season.
What a story Kyle Schwarber is becoming. From being an after thought to possibly, if all goes well, the MVP of the World Series. After a 1-for-3 performance with a double and walk in game one Schwarber came out firing in game two. He looked like a man who’s played all year with this club, and not two days removed from the Arizona Fall League.
Schwarber hit an RBI single in the third off Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer, and had another in the Cubs’ three-run fifth with very hit reverberating through the dug out. Schwarber’s bat and energy is exactly what this Cubs roster needs.
Game 2’s win is the first Cubs win in the World Series since beating Detroit 8-7 in 1945 to force Game 7.
After a split at Progressive Field the series transitions to Wrigley Field for the next three games. Kyle Hendricks is projected to start in game three.