The Chicago Cubs kept their World Series hopes alive by beating the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in a tense Game Five at Wrigley Field on Sunday to send the best-of-seven Fall Classic to a sixth game.
The Cubs ended a tough week of Word Series baseball with a 3-2 success in game five, meaning they head to Cleveland where the series will be decided. The score in the series is currently 3-2 to the Indians.
The Cubs did all their scoring in the third inning on Sunday as Kris Bryant hit a solo home run, which was followed up by RBIs from Addison Russell and David Ross.
It was a first World Series victory at Wrigley Field since 1945 and the result means that the Cubs can become the first side to win the Fall Classic from 3-1 down since the Kansas City Royals in 1985.
While it has been knock-out baseball for the Cubs since their defeat on Saturday, Bryant believes that his team are dealing with the pressure just fine.
“It didn’t feel like an elimination game,” said Bryant.
“Jon doing his thing, Chapman coming in for eight outs. That was an unbelievable win.”
Anthony Rizzo, who followed Bryant’s blast with a double off the wall, had a different take on the mounting tension in the win-or-go-home thriller though.
“High anxiety and a lot of deep breaths,” Rizzo said about playing with no margin for error on Sunday.
“Every pitch gets bigger and bigger as the game goes on.”
Game six will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday night.