Published: Fri, November 04, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

Cubs win 3-2 to stay alive against Indians

But the Cubs' Game 5 household rating (or percentage of all homes with the game on) in the Chicago market was bigger than the 42.5 the White Sox attracted when they completed their 2005 World Series sweep of the Houston Astros.

Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs walks across the field in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Four of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. They get their slugger Kyle Schwarber back as DH in the American League ballpark. It's the year of Cleveland against the world, and one more win should help to permanently end the Cleveland curse jokes.

On Sunday, they needed Aroldis Chapman to get the final eight outs to seal the win.

On Tuesday night the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians will face one another in what could be the last game of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.

Those games scored household ratings of 44.5 and 47.5, respectively, in the Chicago market. In the first year the Tigers fell behind 3-1 but won Game 5 at home to force a trip back to St. Louis.

"People can count us out as much as they want but there is always that eternal hope", said Joe Kiessig, 26, as he watched his team at a nearby house party. "After that game last night, believe me, man, I was in no mood to get up and travel today". He said he has listened to his body a little more and cut back on lifting between starts, and his body feels good. "I said anything he needs me to do, I would be ready".

"I thought Carlos did an awesome job", Francona said. And the Cubs have never won any playoff series after trailing 3-1.

After the Cleveland Indians took Games 3 and 4 of the first World Series played here since 1945, Chicago finally gave its faithful a night to celebrate.

Josh Tomlin will get the ball for Cleveland in Game 6 against Jake Arrieta. Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer took the loss, his second of the Series.

So once you bake in the quality of the opposition, the Indians' current roster state, and their playing at home, the Indians' chances move from that historical baseline of 78.7 percent to the 73.0 percent you see above.

It's only fitting that a Fall Classic battle between the two teams with the longest-standing World Championship droughts would go for at least six games. After finishing second in the regular season among NL teams in runs scored, the Cubs have been shut out four times this postseason, including twice against Cleveland.

The key players to the offense are missing in the World Series.

The game against Houston at Quicken Loans Arena will now begin an hour earlier at 6 p.m. EDT. Fans stayed long after the final out and sang to "Sweet Home Chicago" as some Cubs returned to the field for media interviews. The Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended Cleveland's 52-year major sports championship drought when they won the National Basketball Association title this summer.

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