Chicago Cubs with FilAm Player Win World Series

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA with PhilAmPress

MANILA (PhilAmPress/PhlTodayUSA) – The Chicago Cubs has won the 2016 World Series.

The Chicago Cubs won over the Indians in an 8-7 score in their seventh game. It was a title won after 108 years. The Cubs first won the World Series championship in 1908.

The US Embassy in Manila immediately congratulated the Chicago Cubs.

“Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for winning the 2016 World Series! The last time they won was 108 years ago in 1908!” the US Embassy in Manila posted on Facebook.

“And did you know that one of their key players is Filipino-American? Addison Russell is the Cubs shortstop and is also the first shortstop to hit a grand slam in World Series history,” the US Embassy stated in its Facebook post.

Correspondent Joseph G. Lariosa of Journal Group Links news service featured Russell in earlier reports as he made history in the World Series. Lariosa’s report before the seventh game follows:

CHICAGO (JGL) – His Filipino mother calls Addison Russell “Mr. Clutch,” a player who leads his team to victory in the dying seconds of a close game. If Addison performs in Game 7 Wednesday (Nov. 2) just as well as he did in Game 6 Tuesday (Nov. 1), Milany Deocampo Russell might as well call her “baby“ “Mr. November.”

Addison Russell made history in Game 6 when he hit a grand slam and tied a World Series record with six runs-batted-in (RBI’s) and his Chicago Cubs clobbered the Cleveland Indians, 9-3, to force Game 7 in a battle of two teams with longest time without a title. Cubs held its last World Series title in 1908, while Indians, 1948.

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant homered to start the first inning, followed by a base hit by first baseman Anthony Rizzo and a misplayed fly ball by shortstop Addison Russell that staked the visiting Cubs to an early 3-0 lead.

Indians starter Cory Kluber, who outplayed the National League Champions in Games 1 and 4, will pitch again on a short rest Wednesday in his home court in Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio against the well rested Kyle Hendricks, major league’s leader in earned run average (ERA).

The Cubs are trying to become the seventh team to come from behind with a 3-1 deficit and the first to do so on the road since Pittsburgh Pirates rallied against Baltimore Orioles in 1979.

Cubs’ Jake Arrieta was untouchable when the Indians’ Jason Kipnis broke up his no-hitter bid with a double in the fourth and later homered to the left in the fifth to cut the Cubs’ lead to 7-2 before Mike Montgomery took over in the last out of the fifth.

4th PLAYER WITH 6 RBI’s

Although leading 7-2 in seventh inning, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon brought in bionic-armed Aroldis Chapman in the last out of the seventh, eighth and the start of the ninth when Chapman let Brandon Guyer walked on balls. The left-handed Cuban closer also pitched in relief in the seventh to preserve Cubs’ 3-2 win in Game 5.

Josh Tomlin was cruising in the first inning and was ahead of Kris Bryant 0-2 in the count when he served up the Cubs’ third base man a curve ball, depositing it to the bleachers to the left. It was the first back-to-back homer for Bryant by a Cub, who had homered in Game 5 that silenced the home crowd.

Rizzo and Ben Zobrist singled before Russell followed a hit that appeared to be an easy out. But right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall and rookie center fielder Tyler Naquin, were unable to communicate and let the ball drop. Naquin relayed the ball to the plate but Zobrist bowled the catcher Roberto Perez, who failed to catch the ball, letting Russell advance to third.

In the third, Kyle Schwarber walked, Rizzo singled, advancing Schwarber to second. Zobrist singled but because Schwarber, who has been in the disabled list for most of the regular season and the playoffs, only trotted to third, loading the bases and chasing Tomlin.

Dan Otero, who relieved Tomlin, pitched a 2-0 count to Russell and the 22-year-old Russell hit a grand slam that sailed to the right of the bleachers, breaking the game wide open. Russell became the fourth player with 6 RBIs in the World Series, along with Albert Pujols in 2011, Hideki Matsui in 2009 and Bobby Richardson in 1960. It was also the first grand slam by a Cub in World Series history and also the first grand slam allowed by the Indians in World Series history. 

At 22, Russell became the second-youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series. Yankees centerfielder Mickey Mantle was 21 when he hit one on Oct. 4, 1953 against Brooklyn.

In a chat over Facebook with Russell’s mom with this reporter, Ms. Milany Deocampo Russell said, “Addison is young and his work ethic is phenomenal. I think, he brings great chemistry to the field with him and it’s powerful because look how talented the rest of the team are. He is key to some major plays. “Mr. Clutch” I believe is one of his nicknames. I just smile. Addison loves baseball to the core of his soul!”

Filipino American Chicago Cubs fans are still praying hard that the Chicago Cubs will win Game 7 of the World Series. (Joseph G Lariosa/ jglariosa@hotmail.com)

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