World Series 2016: Cubs force Game 7 with rout of Tribe

null null Baseball null The 2016 World Series between the Cubs and Indians will come down to one final game. Aided by dominant pitching and, at last, the long ball, the Cubs took Game 6 Tuesday at Progressive Field, 9-3, to stave off elimination and force an all-or-nothing Game 7 Wednesday. The last team to overcome a 3-1 World Series deficit and win Games 6 and 7 on the road was the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs are one win away from pulling off the comeback and ending Chicago's 108-year World Series drought. MORE: Baseball's longest World Series droughts Here are three takeaways from Game 6:1. Kris Bryant, Addison Russell hitting their stride. The young Cubs duo each had their postseason slumps, but both put to rest any concerns with big games Tuesday. Bryant, who entered Game 6 with the same number of hits as errors in the World Series (two), put the Cubs ahead in the first inning with a homer in his second straight game. Russell, who was 1 for 24 to begin the postseason, hit an RBI double and an historic third-inning grand slam en route to six RBIs. Russell, 22, became the second-youngest player to hit a grand slam in a World Series game, next to Mickey Mantle (1953). Bryant finished with four hits, while Anthony Rizzo added three of his own and two RBIs. WORLD SERIES: We've never had a Game 7 like this2. Josh Tomlin, Tyler Naquin revert to regular-season issues. The Indians' starting pitcher and rookie outfielder had been playing decent ball since Sept. 1, with Tomlin owning a 1.71 ERA and Naquin playing error-free in the outfield. Things were a lot worse for the two before that, however, and their mishaps came back Wednesday.Tomlin, who allowed the second-most homers in during the regular season (36), gave up a solo homer to Bryant on an 0-2 pitch in the first inning, b

ut was tagged for two more hits and two runs after a miscommunication between Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall in the outfield allowed a routine Russell fly ball to drop with two outs. Tomlin, who was pitching on short rest, gave up six hits before getting pulled after 2 1/3 innings and was tagged for six runs after reliever Dan Otero served up the grand slam to Russell. Naquin, meanwhile, had a chance to avenge his mistake with the bases loaded in the fourth but struck out swinging. 3. Jake Arrieta comes up clutch again. In Game 2, Arrieta took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the Cubs, but left the game in the after allowing a run. On Wednesday it was more of the same as the right-hander struck out nine Indians batters, allowing two runs on three hits. The last two starts were vintage Arrieta and drastically different than the pitcher we saw in his 10 starts prior. The reigning Cy Young Award winner owned a 4.77 ERA over his last 10 appearances before the World Series with 25 walks and nine homers allowed. Arrieta received his second win of the World Series after closer Aroldis Chapman entered the game for 20 pitches despite the Cubs holding a seven-run lead.The usage of Chapman, who recorded an eight-out save in Game 5, will be a hotly debated subject. But with all hands on deck for Game 7, including starters Jon Lester and John Lackey likely joining Chapman in the bullpen, manager Joe Maddon leaves himself with plenty of options in what is expected to be a close game. HighlightRussell's six RBIs Tuesday tie a World Series record with Bobby Richardson, Hideki Matsui, and Albert Pujols.What's nextGame 7: Cubs at Indians, Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on Fox —  Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14) takes the mound for the third time this World Series, becoming the first pitcher since Curt Schilling in 2001 to make three starts in the Fall Classic. Kluber owns a 0.89 ERA this postseason and will face 's ERA leader during the regular season, Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13 ERA). It will be all hands on deck in the final game of the year, meaning Cubs ace Jon Lester could come out of the bullpen like Madison Bumgarner did in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.