The Indians' title drought dates to 1948. Kenta Maeda is set to pitch for the Dodgers in Game 5 on Thursday against Jon Lester. To break out of his prolonged slump, Rizzo used teammate Matt Szczur's bat. Or Gary Sheffield limping home with the winning run in Game 1 of Florida's 1997 National League Division Series win against San Francisco in 1997? That plan seemed especially dicey in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series, with lightly used Ryan Merritt on the mound. TORONTO -- For the Cleveland Indians, the script was the same every game -- hope for the best from whoever they started, then count on Andrew Miller and the bullpen to close it out. Manager Terry Francona's team will try to augment what's already been a scintillating year in Cleveland after LeBron James and the Cavaliers earned the city's first major pro sports championship since 1964. Thanks to a most unlikely pitching performance, a most unexpected team won the ALCS 4-1. 1997 - Florida Marlins (4) vs. Cleveland Indians (3) Game: Date: Winning Team: Losing Team: 1: Oct. 18: FLORIDA (Hernandez) 7: Cleveland (Hershiser) 4: 2: Oct. 19 Marlins defeat Braves ... its last nine games before the postseason. Chicago ensured the NLCS will return to Wrigley Field for Game 6 Saturday. The 24-year-old lefty defied expectations, shutting down the powerful Blue Jays before exiting in the fifth inning. "We always said if we could do it with this group it would be so special because this is as close to a family feel as you can get in a professional setting. Rizzo and Russell had three hits each. Rizzo homered and ended a postseason slump with three RBIs, Russell's two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth that stopped Chicago's 21-inning scoreless streak as the Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the NL Championship Series at 2-all. Merritt coolly kept the Indians ahead until reinforcements arrived, and Cleveland earned its first trip to the World Series since 1997 by blanking the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 Wednesday. In 1997, they let a one-run lead get away in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 and lost to the Florida Marlins in the 11th. Before the game, manager Dave Roberts said he will not start Clayton Kershaw on short rest after the Los Angeles ace threw a bullpen session Wednesday. So for that part of it, it is beyond feeling good," Francona said (see full recap). Who can forget Roy Halladay's no-hitter over the Reds in 2010? Every Cubs starter got at least one hit except Kris Bryant, who walked twice (see full recap). But out of nowhere, the rookie delivered. 1997. "I know Szczur's bat has a lot of hits in it," Rizzo said. Cleveland, which has never hosted a World Series opener, will play Game 1 at Progressive Field on Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers.