MLB

Wed, Sep 16, 2020
8:15 PM ET

Cleveland Indians
vs.
Chicago Cubs

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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs - MLB - Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Cubs look to sweep Indians againThe Chicago Cubs will go for their fourth win in a row when they host the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.The Cubs (29-20) are coming off a 6-5 win in the series opener, when Cameron Maybin was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the ninth to force in the decisive run. Chicago improved to 3-0 this season against Cleveland as it looks for another two-game sweep.Meanwhile, Cleveland (26-22) is hoping to snap a seven-game losing streak, its worst stretch of the season.Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti remains confident that his team can make a deep playoff run, even if it happens to qualify as a seventh or eighth seed in the newly expanded postseason."We've seen in the past where teams that have been really hot the last week get into the postseason and are not so hot in that first round," Antonetti recently said to reporters. "But we've also seen teams like ours in 2016, where we fought hard to get in. We kind of had a good year but had some ups and downs, but we got to the postseason and things continued to click for us and we got hot and ran that all the way to Game 7 of the World Series. I think it's possible."I think our focus right now, though, is: How do we right the ship? How do we get back to playing winning baseball and win as many games as possible to give ourselves the best position in the postseason?"Chicago also is focused on a run toward the World Series for the first time since 2016, when it topped the Indians in a seven-game series.On Wednesday, the Cubs will turn to veteran left-hander Jon Lester (2-2, 5.05 ERA) for his 10th start of the season. The 36-year-old veteran has 192 career victories, 76 of which have come with Chicago.Lester endured a tough start to the season but is coming off one of his best performances. He pitched six scoreless innings Friday while striking out eight against the Milwaukee Brewers.A mechanical adjustment was the key to Lester's improved start. He has 12 walks and 37 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings on the season."I just needed to figure out what was going on," Lester said to reporters. "I don't want to say we reinvented the wheel or we found some magical cure or anything, but the adjustments that we did make in my bullpen, the stuff just translated better." Lester is 8-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 18 career starts against Cleveland.The Indians will counter with Aaron Civale (3-5, 3.88), who also is slated to make his 10th start.The 25-year-old right-hander is looking to snap a four-game winless streak. In his most recent start, last Thursday, he allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings during an 11-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Civale struck out seven and walked one.This will be Civale's first career start against the Cubs.--Field Level Media

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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs - MLB - Wed, Sep 16, 2020

BŠez single gives Cubs 4th straight win, 3-2 over IndiansCHICAGO Javier Baez's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians, on Wednesday night in a game that was briefly delayed when a drone entered Wrigley Field and briefly landed on the outfield grass.Automatic runner Ian Happ advanced to third when Kris Bryant greeted Phil Maton (2-2) with a groundball single to open the 10th.After Anthony Rizzo was walked intentionally to load the bases, Maton fanned Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber. Then Baez's liner to left scored Happ and sent the Indians to their eighth straight loss, their longest slide since June 2013.The Cubs won their fourth straight and strengthened their grip on first place in the NL Central.Oscar Mercado hit a solo shot off Jon Lester in the fifth to tie the game at 2.Five Cubs relievers followed Lester with a scoreless inning each. Jason Adam (2-1) pitched the 10th.Umpires hastily cleared the field when the small drone flew into the ballpark over the left-center bleachers as Contreras came to bat with with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.After it landed, the blinking drone took off, hovered at about 100 feet, then pulled away and vanished into the night beyond the center-field scoreboard.Following a 7-minute delay, Contreras resumed his at-bat and grounded out.Aaron Civale allowed two runs on seven hits, leaving with runners at second and third and none out in the seventh. The right-hander hasn't won since Aug. 19 and is 0-3 in his last five starts.Lester yielded two runs on four hits in five innings in his second effective start following two rough ones.The 36-year-old lefty settled in after struggling with his control in the first inning. Francisco Lindor, who walked to lead off the game, scored from third on a wild pitch.The Cubs tied it in the second on Jason Heyward's bloop single. Chicago moved ahead 2-1 in the fourth when Cameron Maybin's infield single drove in Baez.CAGEDOF Ian Happ, the Cubs' union rep, said he supports isolating players in a playoff bubble starting with the division series. But he said rules ''like asking permission to go for a walk'' will be taxing. ''It feels more like being a zoo animal than baseball player or human being,'' Happ said.TRAINER'S ROOMCubs: LHP Andrew Chafin (sprained left index finger) threw 20-plus pitches in a simulated game Wednesday and ''looked really sharp,'' manager David Ross said. Chafin, acquired from Arizona at the trade deadline, has yet to pitch for the Cubs.Indians: Gold Glove C Roberto Perez didn't play Wednesday so he could get treatment on an condition that has been affecting his swing. Perez, who previously missed three weeks with a right shoulder strain, is expected back Thursday at Detroit. Austin Hedges, acquired from San Diego at the deadline in a nine-player trade, was behind the plate against the Cubs. . 2B Cesar Hernandez (paternity list) rejoined the team. He pinch-hit in the eighth and remained in the game.UP NEXTIndians: AL ERA leader Shane Bieber (7-1, 1.53) takes the mound at Detroit on Thursday and tries to rebound from his lone loss, to the Twins last Friday in Minnesota. Rookie RHP Casey Mize (0-1, 5.85) pitches for the Tigers.Cubs: Following a day off Thursday, RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-4, 3.29) faces LHP Rich Hill (2-1. 3.81) in the opener of a three-game home set against Minnesota at Wrigley Field.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

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