Corey Kluber, who is 2-0 in the World Series against the Cubs and won Games 1 and 4, takes the mound for the Indians on Wednesday night in a Fall Classic finale long on historic heft. On a 2-0 count, Russell launched a 91 miles per hour pitch from Otero to center field for a grand slam and a 7-0 lead.
If baseball momentum is the next day's starting pitcher, the Cleveland Indians still very much like their chances of sending the Chicago Cubs home for the winter without a World Series trophy for the 109th consecutive season. As if it wasn't enough Chicago to already be en route to forcing a Game 7 after going down, 3-1, to the Indians.
Arrieta, the reigning National League Cy Young Award victor, threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits.
"It's correct and apt it will go seven games", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. The lefty, who got the final eight outs in Game 5, threw just 20 pitches and will be on call for the season's final game when both managers won't hesitate to use any arm they've got.
At Wrigley, Santana made two starts in left field, a position he had not played since 2012, and one at first base.
Arrieta struck out nine and walked three to improve to 2-0 in the World Series.
After playing two games in left field and one at first base in Chicago, Santana is batting first as the designated hitter.
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Rather than celebrate in the cramped visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley, the Indians are in position to party in their own digs at Progressive Field - where a makeshift shrine to Jobu, the Voodoo idol from the Cleveland clubhouse in the 1989 film "Major League", was erected in a stall between the lockers of Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis. Cleveland's pitchers have 59 strikeouts, tied for the fourth most in Series history.
In the third inning, Russell broke the game open with a one-out grand slam that followed a walk by Kyle Schwarber and singles from Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist.
It was just past 8 o'clock on an unseasonably warm November night in the Midwest, there were thousands upon thousands of people at Progressive Field making noise after noise, and right-hander Josh Tomlin was ahead of Cubs slugger Kris Bryant no balls, two strikes.
"We brought him in earlier because that's the part of the order he had to get out", Maddon said.
The Cubs have felt that pressure for the last two games and while it wasn't always pretty, no one can argue that they haven't thrived. However, right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall and rookie center fielder Tyler Naquin, perhaps unable to hear each other over the roaring crowd, looked at each other and let the ball drop onto the grass for a double.
Harland "Hop" Conner died three years ago at 92 years old, and Conner said she wishes she could have enjoyed one more Cubs game with him - particularly this World Series season.
Game 7 will be played for the third time in six years.