“I know we’re going to be fine,” the Cubs manager said after a shutout in which his club struck out 15 times. “I have no concerns.”
The Cubs demonstrated why 24 hours later, bouncing back with a 5-1 victory over the Indians in Game 2 on a damp, 44-degree night at Progressive Field.
The 112th World Series is tied, with Games 3, 4 and 5 scheduled for Wrigley Field. Friday night’s Game 3 will be the first World Series game at Wrigley since Oct. 10, 1945.
The Cubs, shut out over six innings by Corey Kluber in Tuesday night’s 6-0 defeat, received a brilliant starting outing of their own Wednesday night.
Right-hander Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the sixth inning — Jason Kipnis ended the bid with a one-out double — and ended up allowing one run and two hits in 52/3 innings.
Though they stranded 13 runners, the Cubs produced enough against an Indians pitching staff that entered the night 8-1 with a 1.58 ERA this postseason. Designated hitter Kyle Schwarber, a surprise addition to the World Series roster Tuesday morning, led the offense, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Schwarber had not played since the third game of the season, when he tore two ligaments in his left knee.
Indians manager Terry Francona took the first World Series loss of his career, falling to 9-1. His Red Sox swept the Cardinals in 2004 and the Rockies in 2007. Soon after the game started, there was never any drama about him going to 10-0.
Trevor Bauer’s right pinkie, gashed open before Game 2 of the ALCS in a drone accident, held up, but the right-hander’s pitches did not and his troubles began in the first.
Bauer, after retiring leadoff man Dexter Fowler on a comebacker, allowed a single to Kris Bryant, who before the game was presented the Hank Aaron Award as the NL’s top offensive performer.
Anthony Rizzo came next and scorched a 2-and-2 fastball into the right-field corner for a double that made it 1-0. Though Bauer retired the next two batters, it was a struggle, as it took him 29 pitches to get through the inning.
The Indians put a runner in scoring position in the bottom half but could not push him across. Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli drew two-out walks, and Arrieta fell behind Jose Ramirez 3-and-1 before inducing a fly out to deep center, ending the 23-pitch inning.
The Cubs added on in the third, scoring with two outs. Rizzo drew a two-out walk and Ben Zobrist and Schwarber followed with singles, with Schwarber driving in Rizzo to make it 2-0. Bauer’s strikeout of Javier Baez to end the inning left him at 71 pitches through three.
Francona replaced Bauer with Zach McAllister with two outs in the fourth, and the right-hander struck out Fowler to end the inning.
But the Cubs got to him in the fifth. Rizzo walked with one out and came in on Zobrist’s triple into the right-field corner, which made it 3-0. In came righty Bryan Shaw and in came another run as Schwarber greeted him with a single up the middle. Shaw retired Baez but an error by second baseman Kipnis on Willson Contreras’ grounder extended the inning. Consecutive walks to Jorge Soler and Addison Russell forced in a run to make it 5-0.
The Indians got their lone run in the sixth. Kipnis broke up the no-hitter with his double — snapping his 0-for-16 slide — and went to third on Lindor’s groundout. With Napoli at the plate, Arrieta threw a wild pitch that brought in Kipnis to make it 5-1.
Napoli stung a single to left, ending Arrieta’s night, as Maddon called on lefty Mike Montgomery to face Ramirez. The third baseman bounced back to Montgomery for the third out.
The Indians put two on with two outs in the seventh against Montgomery when pinch hitter Coco Crisp singled and Roberto Perez walked, but Carlos Santana struck out.
Aroldis Chapman earned a four-out save, striking out two.