CHICAGO — No name had drawn more national attention in the World Series than Kyle Schwarber. Through the opening games in Cleveland, where the Chicago slugger made his first appearances since the beginning of the season, the Middletown, Ohio, native’s stunning return on the game’s biggest stage made him an overnight sensation.

Friday night in the first Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945, Bryan Shaw made him the second out of the eighth inning. It was a pretty big one.

“It was exciting,” Shaw said, standing outside the visitors dugout. “He’s one of their better hitters, obviously. That’s why they DH him when they’re at our place. It was good to get that out. Having nobody on base there, because obviously he can tie the game up with a swing, to get the out was definitely a good out to get.”

In two games in Cleveland, Schwarber went 3 for 7 with a double and two RBI. Those helped the Cubs pull away for a 6-1 win in Game 2 that evened the series, and his second RBI came against Shaw in the fifth inning, when he singled on a 1-2 pitch to score Ben Zobrist and make it a 4-0 lead.

When the Cubs were introduced to their fans before Friday’s game, Schwarber received the loudest ovation by a wide margin. Schwarber, who suffered what looked to be season-ending damage to his the ACL and LCL in his left knee months ago, was cleared to play as the team’s designated hitter in the Series. But Thursday he was ruled out of being available to play in the outfield.

Instead, he sat on Joe Maddon’s bench, looming. The Indians scratched out a run in the seventh, and with ace reliever Andrew Miller already come and gone, Schwarber was summoned to the plate. The crowd roared, especially after Shaw fell behind in the count 2-1.

But then Shaw broke Schwarber’s bat with a pitch, inducing a harmless pop-out to second baseman Jason Kipnis. Then, when Dexter Fowler singled to left with two out, Shaw’s night was done.

Arguably the most important out of the night belonged to him.

“Obviously I faced him two days ago when we faced them at our place and we went in on him and then we tried to go away on him and he hit the ball up the middle off me,” Shaw said. “Our plan today was to stick within and if we got deeper in the count we’d switch it up but fortunately he swung early and we got the out.”