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‘Legend’ Kyle Schwarber helps Cubs shut down Indians in Game 2

Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs in the World Series

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta and Kyle Schwarber helped lead their team to a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians last night to even the World Series at 1-1.

For all the Cubs fans out there, Game 1 wasn’t pretty. Chicago was completely shut out by Cleveland, 6-0. One day later, the Cubs turned the tables 180 degrees. Arrieta went the first 5 1/3 innings without giving up a single hit. Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs.

Kyle Schwarber

What makes Schwarber’s performance even more impressive is that six months ago, he suffered a devastating knee injury that effectively ended his season – or so everyone thought. But the 23-year-old is back just in time for the World Series, and he’s putting up crazy good stats.

“To even be able to put himself in this position to be on the World Series roster and to contribute the way he has is remarkable,” Arrieta said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Schwarber is 3-for-7 with two walks in his first two games after six months. Half a year away from major league pitching didn’t seem to slow Schwarber down at all, however; quite the opposite, in fact. “Only someone who is a freak of nature could do this,” teammate Anthony Rizzo said. “He’s a natural-born hitter. This is the stuff of legends as the World Series goes on.”

He’s getting his knee examined again today, and if doctors give him the all-clear, Schwarber will start in left field Friday for Game 3. Considering it was a left-field collision that mangled Schwarber’s knee in April, that’s a huge step. The Cubs are warning him to “play smart.” But don’t be surprised to see Kyle Schwarber on the field tomorrow night.

“After these two games, he probably has enough confidence to go do it,” teammate Kris Bryant said. “They’re going to make a movie about him.”

What’s next?

The Cubs and Indians are headed to Chicago. Game 3, which is Friday at 7:08 p.m., will be the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945. A historic game indeed.

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