CHICAGO — It would be an understatement to say Terry Francona exhausted his bag of tricks in the Cleveland Indians‘ 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the World Series. The Indians’ manager started his designated hitter,Carlos Santana, in left field. He lifted his starting pitcher, Josh Tomlin, in the middle of a shutout after 4⅓ innings. He burned his most dominant reliever,Andrew Miller, with nine outs to go. And he used each of the 13 position players on his roster.
By the end of the evening, Francona was tired-yet-euphoric; gratified-yet-frazzled. And the Indians had taken a 2-games-to-1 lead and ensured that the Cubs’ only route to clinching their first title in 108 years would entail a trip back to Progressive Field in Cleveland.