The vote has been in for awhile, so nothing Bryant had done in the World Series will matter for the award.
With a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning, after reliever Carl Edwards gave up a hit to the Indians, Maddon turned to Aroldis Chapman, his best reliever and typically the Cubs closer, to get them through the game.
That includes every second-place to last-place team in baseball: 4,860 regular-season games - plus all the playoff contests.
Bauer, his pinkie seemingly healed from a cut sustained while playing with a toy drone during the AL Championship Series, dropped to 0-2 in the Series, giving up three runs and six hits in four innings. Game 2 of the World Series was their only home loss. We said early on before the Boston series that we might have to get a little creative at times.
Still, not bad for a team that seemed like an underdog all year long.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin went 4 2/3 innings with his dad Jerry watching from the stands in a wheelchair just two months after circulatory malformation left him paralyzed from the chest down.
No one who saw the Cubs roll to 103 wins this year could believe they'd end up panicking and being so undisciplined at the plate.
Well, look who is on the brink of hoisting the hardware.
Cubs catcher David Ross celebrates after the Indians' Francisco Lindor strikes out during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the World Series on October 30 in Chicago.
Seeking its first title since 1948, Cleveland is in search of its third-ever title and has won the championship at home just once, in 1920. Francisco Lindor contributed an RBI single, helping Francona improve to 11-1 in the World Series. We knew it's not going to be easy.
Bryan Shaw worked the seventh and exited after Dexter Fowler singled with two out in the eighth.
The Cubs take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The first happened when Cubs catcher Willson Contreras threw to third trying to pick off pinch-runner Michael Martinez, who was called safe (both times) and scored soon after when Coco Crisp followed with the tiebreaking single. He didn't see much action and made no mistakes.
"We have seen good pitching", manager Joe Maddon said. "That was part of it. But then again, we just have to do more offensively to give ourselves a chance".
"To live that moment of getting the last out and feeling the emotions of getting a win. that's a special feeling", said Allen. And they say there won't be the bitterness and anger they felt in 2003 when the Cubs came within five outs of reaching the World Series before collapsing after a foul ball ricocheted off the hands of a fan named Steve Bartman.
Beginning with Game 4 on Saturday night, the Indians will use their starting pitchers on short rest, a calculated risk. "So, for whatever time I'm in the game, I do the same thing". John Lackey pitches for Chicago.
So Francona inserted Santana, who had played just four innings in the outfield in seven major-league seasons, in left field.
Shut out twice in the World Series, the Cubs trail 2-1 against Cleveland.
What we had in mind instead were the three instant-replay reviews. "At this kind of stage it's what we all dream about". He registered nine strikeouts and did not allow a run or walk.
"Just an unreal job by Kluber on three days' rest", Lindor said. It was also the first World Series homer by a Cubs third baseman.
Murray, a huge Cubs fan, reminded the crowd of 41,703 that it was the last chance to buy beer, and then said they were there to win games rather than drink. Bryant had four hits and Anthony Rizzo added three, including a two-run homer.
Corey Kluber, last night's victor, wasn't supposed to be this good pitching through a right quad strain he suffered in his final regular-season start on September 26.
Indians: Kluber (3-1, 0.74 ERA) will be working on three days' rest after pitching the Indians to a 6-0 win in Game 1.