Indians tie MLB record with their 21st consecutive win

Posted September 14, 2017

"No pressure, no pressure, I get it. I've had my own 27-game winning streak in the NBA before". Greg Holland put runners on second and third with two out in the bottom of the ninth before retiring A.J. Pollock on a grounder to end it. Colorado handed Arizona its third loss in four games and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals for the second NL wild card. Based on that, we've been content to call the Cubs' mark the record.

Students in the Kent State Student Center sat on couches or huddled around laptops Wednesday watching the final innings of the Cleveland Indians game against the Detroit Tigers, with each pitch taking on more meaning as history approached.

The Tigers knocked Clevinger out of the game in the sixth inning, scoring two unearned runs.

Clevinger, who entered the day riding three straight scoreless outings, allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. The league average is $151.4 million. The series began with Cleveland shutting out the Tigers in the first two contests.

There's a new sheriff in American League history, and its name is the Cleveland Indians.

By the third inning, with the Indians having taken a 4-1 lead on a three-run home run by Jay Bruce and RBI single by Edwin Encarnacion, the stands were nearly full. "You come in, you're ready to play, you want to come to the ballpark, and you're coming into something that is bigger than yourself". (Twenty-one straight wins do have a tendency to boost a team's division lead.) But according to BaseRuns, Cleveland still should have more wins than they do. 21 game winning streak.

There was a brief delay at exactly 2 p.m. when the sprinklers in left field started spraying. Garrett Richards (0-0, 1.13) makes his second start for the Angels since returning from a right biceps strain. When I pitch, Berto's got that hot bat.

It was his 34th home run of the season, which tied a career high.

"I feel like in the beginning of the season, everyone was kind of doubting (the Indians)", Sufka said. Yes, this is akin to saying the person who drew an ordinary straight flush really deserved that royal flush.

For the record, the Indians have won their last 20 games.

The most recent and the fourth longest winning streak in Major League Baseball occurred a little over 15 years ago.

Steve Hirdt, executive vice president at the Elias Sports Bureau, which is Major League Baseball's official record keeper, is asked all the time which record he would like to see broken. Indians SS Francisco Lindor has hit nine home runs during the Indians' winning streak. They're all on the disabled list.