Zobrist’s hit clinches World Series for Chicago

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ben Zobrist signed with the Chicago Cubs in the off-season. The left field came up with the biggest hit in Game 7 of the World Series and the Cubs won 8-7 over the Cleveland Indians.

It’s the second straight year that he has been able to celebrate the World Series. He was a member of the Kansas City Royals Championship team last season.

Chicago Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist hits an RBI double in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series
Ben Zobrist hits an RBI double in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series (Getty Images)

The Royals had a 30-year drought when they won last year. Now, the Cubs snapped the longest Championship drought in sports at a 108-years.

In the 10th inning and after a walk to Anthony Rizzo following a nearly 20-minute rain delay, Zobrist doubled to left field. Albert Almora Jr. — who came in as a pinch-runner for David Ross — scored.

According to ESPN’s Stats and Info, Zobrist is the first World Series MVP, who had an extra inning RBI of a winner-take-all game.

“I was just battling,” Zobrist said. “I was fortunate that I got the bat on the ball and was able to get the hit. I also have to thank Riz (Rizzo) because without him, I wouldn’t be in this position.”

According to ESPN’s Stats and Info, it was Zobrist’s fifth extra-base hit in extra innings in Cubs postseason. It was also the fourth in Cubs World Series history.

Zobrist was also named the MVP of the Series.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I can’t even put it into words. Every guy on this team takes care of each other and hey root for each other.”

Two batters later, Miguel Montero — who struggled this postseason even with a grand slam — singled to left field. Anthony Rizzo scored for the 8-6 lead.

The Indians cut the lead to 8-7. Then, Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martínez for the final out to Anthony Rizzo.

Rajai Davis tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two-run home run on a 2-2 count off of Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman, who seemed flat on Wednesday night after pitching in three straight games.

With José Ramírez on base, Brandon Guyer began the rally with a double.

Ross — who played in his final Major League Baseball game — homered to center field on a 1-2 count in the sixth inning. He’s the oldest player to hit a home run in Game 7 of the World Series.

“A lot of ups and downs,” Ross said. “A lot of winners and they battled back. That showed a lot about this team. I was stunned when I hit that home run.”

On a Jon Lester wild pitch, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis scored to make it 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, José Báez hit a solo home run on the first pitch that he saw. Then, Rizzo knocked in Bryant when he singled to right field.

The Cubs took a 3-1 lead when Willson Contreras doubled to center field. Zobrist scored.

On a sacrifice fly to Davis in center field, Bryant scored.

Dexter Fowler — who spurred a multi-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles in the off-season for a one-year deal with the Cubs — homered in the first inning on a 2-1 count for a 1-0 lead. Then, in the third inning, Santana singled to right field as Coco Crisp scored.

Mike Montgomery picked up the Save, his first of his career. Chapman picked up the win.

Bryan Shaw had the loss after giving up the two-runs in the 10th.

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