21 consecutive wins.
The Cleveland Indians broke the American League record for most consecutive wins and tied the all-time major league record with the 1935 Chicago Cubs with a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
It has been a phenomenal and impressive feat by Cleveland who has done with every phase of the game possible: batting, pitching and fielding.
Those three phases were showcased in Wednesday’s game.
Offensively, they continued to hit the long ball with two home runs which brings their total to 41 home runs during the winning streak.
Jay Bruce broke out of a slump with a three run shot to left field in the bottom of the first. Roberto Perez added a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
Mike Clevinger became the team’s fourth ten game winner with another solid performance. He gave up one earned run (3 total) and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings. The bullpen came in and gave up one hit in the final 3 1/3 innings, capped off by Cody Allen’s 27th save of the season.
The pitching has given up 35 total runs during the streak.
Lonnie Chisenhall finished the game off showed off some leather with a sliding catch on a pop fly to left field to end the game.
This has been the best baseball out of the Cleveland Indians I have ever seen during my lifetime. I was around during the 1990s but being so young at the time, I don’t remember any of it.
This Indians team is complete top to bottom. The lineup is strong with guys like Lindor, Ramirez, Encarnacion and Bruce who are playing to their full potential.
Guys like Yan Gomes, Roberto Perez, Austin Jackson among others have come in and done their jobs and what is asked of them.
The young blood of this organization like Bradley Zimmer (up until his injury this past Sunday), Greg Allen, Francisco Mejia and Tyler Naquin have come up to the major leagues and have contributed just enough to help win.
The starting pitching has been phenomenal with Kluber, Carrasco, Bauer, Tomlin and Clevinger. The bullpen has stepped up in Andrew Miller’s absence and has finished the job.
What’s more amazing is Miller along with Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis have been on the sidelines during this streak and the team keeps on winning.
It’ll be interesting to see how Tito Francona and the coaching staff inserts those guys back into the lineup when they’re healthy. Miller will return on Thursday and the team plans to use them at some point against Kansas City.
It’s a special time for the Indians and for Cleveland who is gearing up for another October to Remember and perhaps the Indians’ first World Series championship in 69 years.