CLEVELAND – Trevor Bauer’s formerly mangled pinkie held up. Everything else was a bloody mess for the Cleveland Indians.
On a grim night that began under threat of rain and ended amid a flurry of 100-mph fastballs from Aroldis Chapman, the Indians came face-to-face Wednesday with the reality that their march to a championship likely won’t go as smoothly as the path that took them to the World Series.
In the absence of Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller from the mound, the Indians looked positively pedestrian as they absorbed a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs that evened the World Series at 1-1.
Now comes the hard part, as the series moves to what’s certain to be a frenzied Wrigley Field for the next three games.
The one-hour flight to Chicago might not provide enough time to ponder how to solve some of the issues that did not hurt Cleveland as it was winning eight of its first nine games in this postseason, but that may present major hurdles in the pursuit of the franchise’s first title since 1948.