3. Offensive disparity
Once again, the Indians’ lack of offense proved to be their undoing early. They put up nine hits and had eight left on base for the game, compared to 15 hits and six left on base for Chicago.
The Indians never got closer than two runs, as Bradley Zimmer was plated by a Jason Kipnis groundout to narrow the Cubs’ lead to 3-1. Chicago immediately answered in the fourth inning as Schwarber led off with his second homer of the game to bump their lead back up to three runs.
If there was any bright spot to the Indians offense, Zimmer and Jose Ramirez were it. Zimmer went 3-of-4 from the plate with one strikeout. Ramirez ended the game going 3-for-3 with two singles and a double. In his only other plate appearance, he drew a walk.
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