The win streak is over, the Indians winning streak has snapped, but most fans would say that it was a lot of fun watching the Indians go through a streak that has never been accomplished. So to talk a little bit about how the Royals were the team to snap the streak, the Indians had the lead in some portions of this game including the 1st and 3rd innings but it wasn’t enough to win 23 in a row.
The game’s attendance at 34,025 and all of those were rocking Progressive Field and the Indians were the first team to strike leading 1-0 by an EE sac fly with Lindor scoring and Austin Jackson getting on base and all Indians’ fans new that it wasn’t surprising that they had the lead, the Indians (91-57) who only trailed in 6 innings during the win streak, looked like that they had a great shot at it early. In the top half of the 2nd Royals got on board with an Alcides Escobar solo home run off of Trevor Bauer, Bauer did not have his greatest outing of the year, still only allowed 3 earned runs in 5 and 1/3 pitched.
The third inning saw a lot of damage for the Tribe by a 2 run Home Run by possible AL MVP candidate Jose Ramirez high up in the left field bleachers off of Royals pitcher Jason Vargas who has put together a terrific season, winning his 16th game this season tying him for the most wins in the AL tied with a couple of others at 16 that include Kluber and Bauer of the Cleveland Indians. The third Inning was ended by a Carlos Santana. Not long after the 3rd, in the 4th inning, Royals DH Brandon Moss had a solo home run for number 22 on the season which saw the Royals cut the game to a 1 run deficit which was when the Royals started to heat up the bats and they have also been a very bad offensive team all season long but they have gotten better as the season has progressed.
The last time the Indians saw a lead in this ball game was in the top of the 5th inning when the Royals coming back to tie the game up with Eric Hosmer, a .325 hitter at the plate in 2017, singled to drive in Gold Glove center fielder Lorenzo Cain scored which tied it. The Royals had no further work to show forth in the 5th but before taking the lead in the 6th had to have been the story of the night from the Royals win tonight, they took the lead in the 6th Inning by a Lorenzo Cain ground ball up the middle which the Indians never saw a run after that in tonights win to be fair.
The Indians saw a couple of chances including the 7th including runners getting on base, but failing to convert with 2 outs with runners on first and second. Just a lot of opportunities were blown tonight for the tribe, Including the 8th even with getting Carlos Santana walking still nothing else was done, so that was another example of a blown opportunity. In the 9th, fans started to get on their feet with rookie Yandy Diaz singling in the 9th and trying to keep the game alive for the Indians, but again, no further damage was done, Gomes struckout, Mejia struckout and Lindor struckout swining as well.
Every fan at the ballpark was on their feet cheering for the cheering for the Indians appreciating the win streak. And now, at this point, the main focus is, Winning the World Series. The Indians have yet to win a World Series since 1948 which is the 5th longest World Series drought in MLB history, sure hope to win the World Series to be taken off this list of long droughts, the magic number to win the AL Central is 2 with the Minnesota Twins losing to the Toronto Blue Jays
Indians are back at it tomorrow, when they will host the Kansas City Royals at 4:10 with Probable starters as Jason Hammel for the Royals and Cookie Carrasco. Carrasco will look to continue a terrific season although tomorrow will mark the 1-year ago Saturday that Carrasco was drilled in the Hand by an Ian Kinsler ground ball.
Tomorrow the Indians will look to cut the Magic Number down in the AL Central down to just 1 game and hope to win game number 92 tomorrow.
-Hugh Thorp-Co-Founder and President of 216 Sports