Trevor Bauer had a tough act to follow, throwing the first pitch after a stellar display from the team in game 1. Unfortunately for him, Kris Bryant following two strikes would line a shot through the middle of the park to make it to the base, before Anthony Rizzo's hit allowed him to reach the fourth base and register a run for Chicago in the top first. The Indians almost levelled things up at the end of the inning as José Ramírez's deep hit was closely caught by Fowler.
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There was more frowning from the Indians' bullpen when they let slip of another run as Ben Zobrist knocked it to the right and progressed three bases, after a stumble by fielder Chisenhall. But with the work pretty much done, a knock by Kyle Schwarber, who had surprised the masses by making a return after an injury in the opening stages of the season, Chicago made it four as Zobrist touched the final base.
Rounding off a dream top fifth inning, with all bases loaded, Kyle Schwarber walked to the fourth base after Russell's hit to really compound the misery around the field as the Indians had been outdone.
Cleveland did pick up what was a mere consolation in the sixth inning, as an erratic pitch from Arrieta was followed with a Napoli single and subsequent run.
With the game time moved forward to avoid weather, there was some anxiety creeping in over the latter innings as rain began to drizzle over the ground.