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  • 02 Aug
    CLEVELAND -- Jake Arietta made a brief run at a no-hitter and ended another 71-year pause between celebrations for the Chicago Cubs and their faithful fans.Not only are they back in the World Series, theyve won there again.One more drought quenched, one more to go.Arrieta carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs and the Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the Series with their first Fall Classic win in more than seven decades, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday night.Arrieta, who pitched a no-hitter earlier this season, briefly invoked Don Larsens name by flirting with one deep in October before the Indians touched him for two hits and a run. However, the right-hander helped give Chicago just what it needed -- a split at Progressive Field -- before the Cubbies return to their Wrigley Field den for the next three games starting Friday night.Its always crazy good, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said when asked how he expected things to be on the corner of Clark and Addison for Game 3. But Id have to imagine a little bit more than that, especially coming back at 1-1. I think the folks will be jacked up about the win tonight.Its the finest venue there is in professional sports and maybe in all of sports.The Cubs hadnt won in the Series since beating Detroit 8-7 in 1945 to force a decisive Game 7, and after their latest win, hundreds of Chicago fans gathered in the pouring rain in the rows behind their first-base dugout, where they danced and sang. A few waved the familiar white and blue W flags.They hope to do it three more times.The big-swinging Schwarber, who made it back for Chicagos long-awaited Series return after missing six months with an injured left knee, hit an RBI single in the third off Clevelands Trevor Bauer and had another in the Cubs three-run fifth -- highlighted by Ben Zobrists run-scoring triple.In Game 1, Schwarber doubled and walked.No, its not that easy, first off. Baseballs a crazy game, he said.Even the presence of star LeBron James and the NBA champion Cavaliers, sporting their new rings, couldnt stop the Indians from losing for the first time in six home games this postseason.And Cleveland manager Terry Franconas magical touch in October finally fizzled as he dropped to 9-1 in Series games.We gave up nine hits, eight walks, two errors, and we only gave up five runs, Francona said. For us to win, we generally need to play a clean game, and we didnt do that.With rain in the forecast, Major League Baseball moved the first pitch up an hour in hopes of avoiding delays or a postponement.It turned out to be a good call as the game went on without a hitch and ended after more than four hours as light rain was beginning to fall.Arrieta and the Cubs provided the only storm.The bearded 30-year-old coasted through five innings without allowing a hit, and his no-hit bid was the longest in a Series game since Jerry Koosman of the New York Mets tossed six no-hit innings in 1969.For a brief period, Arrieta looked as if he might challenge Larsens gem -- a perfect game -- in 1956 before Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, a die-hard Cubs fan as a kid, doubled with one out in the sixth .Arrieta has two career no-hitters, in fact, including the only one in the majors this year.I knew I hadnt given up a hit all the way to the sixth, Arietta said. Thats really not the focus in a game like this. Whether they get a hit or not really doesnt affect the way you continue to approach that lineup, especially with a five-run lead.Kipnis was impressed.We didnt get much going, he said. You have to tip your hat to Arietta. He was awesome.Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery replaced Arrieta and worked two scoreless innings before Aroldis Chapman came in and unleashed his 103 mph heat while getting the last four outs in his Series debut.The teams will have an off day before the series resumes with Game 3 at Wrigley, which will host its first Series game since 1945, when tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave with his pet goat, Murphy, and a curse was born.Josh Tomlin will start for the Indians, who will lose the designated hitter in the NL ballpark, against Kyle Hendricks.Schwarber might also wind up on the bench after two days as the DH. Maddon loves the way hes swinging but isnt sure hes ready to play in the outfield.Thats something Im waiting to hear from our guys, from our medical side, because obviously he looks good, he said. He looks good at the plate. Running the bases he looks pretty good so far.And the Cubs finally do, too, as they head home.Unlike his start in Toronto on Oct. 17, when his stitched cut opened up and Bauer was forced to make a bloody departure in the first inning, his finger held up fine.The Cubs, though, put a few nicks in him in 3 2/3 innings.I just wasnt sharp for whatever reason, Bauer said.The drone accident has brought attention to the quirky Bauer, and one Chicago fan tried to rattle the right-hander by sending a smaller version of the remote-controlled, flying object that cut him.Bauer posted a photo of it on Twitter, saying I see the (at)Cubs fans love me! How nice of them to send me a gift!ODDS AND ENDSFranconas nine-game winning streak was the third longest in history, trailing Joe Torre (14) and Joe McCarthy (10). . The Cubs are 7-1 this postseason when scoring first. ... The teams combined for a Series record-tying three wild pitches. ... Indians RHP Danny Salazar made his first postseason appearance since starting the 2013 AL wild-card game. ... This is the 58th time the Series has been tied 1-1. The Game 2 winner has won the title 29 times.SHORT RESTLooking ahead, Francona has already decided hell bring Kluber back on short rest for Game 4. It wasnt much of a decision, really, after the right-hander confounded the Cubs in Game 1, painting the corners for 6 1/3 innings.UP NEXTCubs: Hendricks is coming off his brilliant performance in Game 5 of the NLCS when he pitched two-hit ball for seven innings as the Cubs clinched their first pennant in 71 years. The right-hander led the majors with a 2.13 ERA.Indians: It will be an emotional night for Tomlin, who will pitch on 12 days rest with his ailing father, Jerry, in attendance. The elder Tomlin became stricken with a spinal condition in August, when Tomlin was struggling on the mound. Telvin Smith Jaguars Jersey . With their top three point guards and Kobe Bryant all sidelined by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their home game against Minnesota. Marqise Lee Womens Jersey . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak. . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. Custom Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys . Tests earlier this week revealed a Grade 2 left hamstring strain for Sabathia, who was hurt in last Fridays start against San Francisco. Its an injury that will require about eight weeks to heal. He finished a disappointing campaign just 14-13 with a career-worst 4. Jalen Ramsey Womens Jersey . -- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was selected Monday to his second straight Pro Bowl, while guard Kyle Long made it after a solid rookie season. Formula Ones race stewards are considering a system which would allow them to review previous races to improve the consistency of decisions.The 2016 season saw the consistency of penalties called into question by many of the drivers on the grid, with punishments seeming to vary from race to race. At an FIA meeting in Vienna this week the stewards agreed that is a key issue to address going into next season.We went through a lot of rules and looked at how we can work with the FIA to tidy up the wording, enabling us to take quicker decisions, stewards chairman Garry Connelly said. We talked a lot about how we can achieve better consistency.We think that more meetings and more reviews of past decisions are necessary, so that we all understand how each panel of stewards is treating a particular situation, especially where its necessary for the stewards to make a subjective ruling, on a dangerous driving charge for example. That is quite a subjective issue.These are obviously decisions that are made collectively but understanding how those decisions can be made more consistent is valuable.One way of achieving this appears to be regular video conferences to evaluate decisions made at previous races, a system used by Germanys governing body, Deutscher Motor Sport Bund, ?tto ensure greater consistency in future decisions.ddddddddddddThe stewards get together by video link to look back at incidents and discuss the decisions made. We thought that might be good thing to do every three or four races.The Mexican Grand Prix was one of the more controversial of the season, with Lewis Hamilton escaping a penalty for going across the first chicane at the start, only for Max Verstappen to get a time penalty for doing the same towards the end of the race. In that instance, Hamilton was judged not to have gained a lasting advantage.Connelly suggests one way around this sort of confusion in future is to ensure circuits modify corners in a way which punishes drivers for making mistakes, taking the decision out of the stewards hands.The point we also made is that the rules say a driver can rejoin the track as long as you do it safely and gain no lasting advantage.The word lasting is again very subjective. Does it mean lasting for 500m, until the next turn, the next few laps or the whole race?That subjectivity is removed if the circuit is modified or designed to immediately disadvantage a driver if he does go off track. ' ' '