Cubs win the World Series

By Northern Star staff

CHICAGO | The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series!

Utility man Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double, and catcher Miguel Montero added an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning to put the Cubs in front 8-6 in a gut-wrenching game for Cubs fans.

The Cubs ended their 108-year World Series drought with an 8-7 win in game seven of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians in a game that saw a rain delay and extra innings.

The Cubs had a 6-3 lead heading into the eighth inning with starting pitcher Jon Lester on the mound when Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez hit an infield single. The single forced Cubs manager Joe Maddon to go to closer Aroldis Chapman.

After a pinch-hit double by outfielder Brandon Guyer, the Cubs lead was cut to 6-4 with outfielder Rajai Davis coming to the plate.

Davis, 2-5 with a home run and three RBIs, hit a 2-2 fastball off of the camera man in left field to tie the game at six.

The Cubs failed to score in the ninth after a leadoff single, and the game went into extra innings.

The game went into a 20-minute rain delay before extra innings began.

The Indians attempted to claw back in the tenth with an RBI single by Davis to draw Cleveland’s deficit to one with two outs and a runner on first, but relief pitcher Mike Montgomery got Michael Martinez to ground out to third baseman Kris Bryant to capture the first championship in 108 years.

Starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks went 4 2/3 innings giving up one earned run and two strikeouts.

Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber went four inning and gave up six hits, four earned runs and did not record a strikeout.

Outfielder Dexter Fowler led off the game with a home run.

As Maddon said of Fowler all season, “You go, we go.”