Indians Win AL Record 21st Straight against Tigers

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

A combination of dominating hitting and pitching have the Cleveland Indians flying through a winning streak that breaks records with every game. Thanks to the streak, and the Houston Astros' recent inconsistent play, the Indians now hold homefield advantage for the American League playoffs; that's a big deal, as Cleveland is 41-29 at Progressive Field, although it might not matter in the end, as they are also 48-27 away from home.

Cleveland is now tied with the 1935 Chicago Cubs, for the second-longest unbeaten streak since 1900. Before the streak started, they had won only two games by double digits all season.

Lindor's home run followed Perez's leadoff shot that snapped a 1-all tie. Carrasco struck out nine and walked one. Teammate Abraham Almonte obliged. "I ran out of bats". I'm trying to get tickets soon.

There was one problem, however, with the replacement. He pitched 4 innings and gave up 4 hits and 4 runs.

Lindor turned to the dugout before leaving the batters' box and smiled at his teammate. He didn't stand a chance, but I'm glad Mike Sarbaugh sent him.

This latest win came with a drawback: Indians rookie center fielder Bradley Zimmer broke a bone in his left hand. Deas said, motioning toward the sweep of seating areas that were sparsely populated 30 minutes before the first pitch at noon. After dancing out of potential damage in the bottom of the first inning, stranding two runners, the Indians jumped all over Jaye in the second inning. The victory extended Cleveland's winning streak to 21, breaking the American League record. They have trailed in only four of those 180 innings.

This is the longest win streak in the Major League Baseball since that famous 2002 Athletics season in Oakland. Trailing behind Cleveland are the Minnesota Twins with a record of 74-69. The Indians have won 21 in a row.

"We're so focused", said Bruce, who arrived via trade last month from the New York Mets. "We try to learn from each game and move on as quickly as we can". Baltimore tied it in the sixth on Jonathan Schoop's single.

Brault (1-0), making his second career start, recorded more hits than he allowed, finishing with a double, a single and two RBIs. "We know we have the talent to do things like this".

"To me, full picture, they're the best team in baseball", manager Brad Ausmus said.

And yet, even after all that winning, the Indians' record still (still!) masks a much better ballclub underneath it. He hasn't pitched since August 21 and is on the disabled list for the second time this season with the injury.

However, it's not just the numbers that have backed up Lindor's recent surge; he's also hitting when it matters for the Indians.

A scary moment came in his next at-bat, when Warwick Saupold threw an inside pitch that ricocheted off Ramirez's bat and then his left wrist.

The White Sox won the World Series this year.

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