Before Wednesday, Schwarber had already made a bit of history.
Cubs star Kyle Schwarber won't be in the starting lineup for the three World Series games this weekend after he was denied medical clearance to play the outfield following his return from knee surgery.
Chicago Cubs' designated hitter Kyle Schwarber is proving that his heart is as big as his swing. "Nothing is set in stone". For Schwarber, swinging a bat and running the bases is one thing.
"There was a small chance, like I said, for me to be here right now". He's been taking fly balls in preparation for his start and said he's excited about the opportunity.
"You've got the ivy, and the first time we pulled up to that stadium back in I think 2013 or something with Tampa Bay, the bus is going through the neighborhoods, and then all of a sudden this stadium just pops out of nowhere". He looks good at the plate.
On Tuesday, before Game 1, Schwarber expressed how happy he was to be back with his team, saying he'd probably cry at some point that day. Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump will sing the National Anthem before first pitch at the ballpark on Friday night.
Third baseman Kris Bryant singled for his first career World Series hit.
Anthony Rizzo, maligned for his earlier October struggles, doubled in a run in the first inning. Then in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series at Toronto, blood began dripping onto the ball, the mound and his uniform, and he lasted only 21 pitches.
In the top of the third inning, with runners on first and second, Schwarber connected on a base hit to center field, driving in Rizzo to make it 2-0.
"We gave up nine hits, eight walks, two errors and we only gave up five runs", Francona said.
Bauer threw a simulated game this week with gauze over the finger - a no-no during actual action - and there was no bleeding. I want to make sure there is no carryover on his leg (which cramped in Game 1). Obviously falling behind 0-2 would have been really bad, but the 2009 Phillies, 2011 Rangers, and 2013 Cardinals are three recent examples of teams that split on the road to open the World Series only to come up short. Temperatures fell throughout the game, dipping into the low 40s by the late innings.
"It was cold", Francona said. "I mean, it was so cold, I tried to go to the bathroom in the fourth inning and I couldn't. That's tells you enough".
Cleveland struggled much of the night to hit anything off of Arrieta or Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman, who combined to close out the game after Arrieta's exit. They pitched well. The first inning hurt. Chicago chased Bauer after only 3 2/3 innings, tagging him for two earned runs on six hits.
"I thought we (fell) behind on too many hitters tonight", Indians catcher Roberto Perez said.