One more game. For everything. The lead grew to 7-0 after Russell hit a grand slam in the top of the third. It marked the first Grand Slam in a World Series game since 2005, when Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox drilled one in Game 2 of their own World Series against the Houston Astros.
Russell tied Bobby Richardson, Hideki Matsui and Albert Pujols for the most RBI in a World Series game.
Tuesday night isn't the first time Indians manager Terry Francona has been looking for a little bit of magic in Game 6 of a World Series.
On Wednesday night, the balance tips one way or another, maybe on a blunder.
The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, the longest drought in baseball. The 24-year-old MVP candidate allowed himself a slight grin as he approached second base, halfway home to his second home run in the last two games.
The Indians tried desperately to put up a fight in front of 38,116 who arrived at the ballpark with a party on their minds, but a fourth inning rally that had already produced one run fell short when Cubs starter Jake Arrieta struck out Naquin with the bases full.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who took him out after Brandon Guyer walked, downplayed whether he overused his closer. They trailed three games to two and then won Game 6, forcing a winner-take-all with Barry Bonds and his Giants. The decisive Game 7 will be played Wednesday in Cleveland.
"I don't know that we could do what we did (Sunday), necessarily", Maddon said of Chapman. "You dream of getting to the World Series, winning the World Series". So it goes everywhere. He said he pulled it out in the morning and held it for good luck. "That's probably the omen in a sense".
He spoke with relish about the 1979 "We are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates, the last team to come back from a 3-1 deficit. The Series has gone the distance three times in six years. In fact, when trailing, it becomes hard for him to justify using hybrid specialist Andrew Miller, because he has been entering in high-leverage situations and recording more than three outs. "We knew they've got a great ballclub over there".
They hammered starter Josh Tomlin, who couldn't get out of the third inning and didn't get any help from his outfield in the first. The first came on July 31, 2010 in Toronto, his second career start. A Ben Zobrist single advanced Rizzo to third.
Russell lifted a routine flyball to right-centre. Russell hit a shallow fly ball to right-center field that looked playable, but it dropped between center fielder Tyler Naquin and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall for a double. One out later, Kipnis scored on Mike Napoli's single. The short throw went to Jason Kipnis, who short-hopped the catcher with the ball bouncing away while Zobrist and Roberto Perez collided in an old-school collision that was challenged by neither. It was 43 degrees at first pitch that night and whipping winds made it feel much colder. Instead, Russell bombed a 434-foot grand slam off him.
Kipnis went 3 for 5 against Arrieta in his two World Series starts. The World Series has heated up.
Tomlin retired the first two Cubs with the fans buzzing. He had one last crack with a runner on first in the ninth but grounded into another inning-ending fielder's choice. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Russell came into Game 6 with 10 hits and five RBIs.