MESA, Ariz. – Just three months after the Chicago Cubs left Progressive Field with a game-seven World Series win against the Cleveland Indians, the teams rematched in the sunny south.
The teams found themselves again in a ninth-inning stalemate, but this time had the option to not play any extra innings. The score knotted at 1-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 15,388.
Cleveland Indians Danny Salazar threw 2 shutout innings, allowed one hit and tallied three strikeouts. According to Cleveland.com Salazar resisted the temptation to daydream about what could’ve been in the postseason if he had been healthy.
“I didn’t think too much about that,” Salazar said. “Baseball is crazy sometimes. The way things happened, that was the way it was supposed to happen.”
Salzar promised fans that a good year is in store. This game was merely a Sunday matinee on a sunny day, but when the regular season matchup between the rivals comes on March 24 the story may be a little different.