Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber was dominant in his first World Series start, and he made an early lead stand up in a 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the Fall Classic from Progressive Field Tuesday night.
Over six-plus innings of work, Kluber surrendered just four hits to the offensive-minded Cubs. He registered nine strikeouts and did not surrender a run or walk. It was the third time in four starts this postseason that Kluber did not surrender a run.
Kluber was historically good over the first three innings of Game 1, as he set down eight Cubs hitters down on strikes.
Those eight strikeouts were a World Series record over the first three innings of a single game. Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Randy Johnson were among those who each registered seven strikeouts over the first three innings of a World Series game.
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