A streak that some people thought that might have never been accomplished has been done. The Indians’ current win streak is up to 22 straight and it is the longest win streak without a tie in MLB history. Although Jay Bruce had walk off hit, the most clutch hit of the game had to have been Francisco Lindor with 2 out 2 strikes on him, drove a fly ball to left field just over the head of Veteran outfielder Alex Gordon who has had a very disappointing season at the plate all year long. To talk about the game lets take a look at how the Indians won this game, They never had a lead until they walked it off.
The game started off with the Royals striking first on a groundout double play by the moose, scoring gold glove first baseman Eric Hosmer who has really had an amazing season at the plate. But the Indians came right back an inning later just the 6th inning that they trailed in during the winning streak. Indians starter Josh Tomlin was not pitching all that bad the entire game with only 2 runs allowed which he has also gotten better since his return from the Disabled List. In the 6th Inning with 2 outs, Kansas City took the lead 2-1 after Abraham Almonte nearly caught a fly ball who placed Lonnie Chisenhall after he left the game with an injury which will last probably day-to-day at the most. Thankfully no further damage was done.
Quickly lets talk about the bottom half of the 6th Inning, Jose Ramirez, who is a candidate for the AL MVP, took off for second base and the throw was late by Royals gold glove catcher Salvador Perez but it was well caught by Royals second baseman, Whit Merrifield, but there was something that was clearly not clean about this play, The intention by Indians’ Jose Ramirez and Manager Terry Francona was Merrifield pushed his hand off of second base, which it clearly was, but Tito tried challenging the play, but the rule is a play like that is not Reviewable, you could hear so many Indians’ fans booing Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield for doing that play.
To move on Indians’ all star reliever Andrew Miller took over in the 7th Inning, getting a huge standing ovation as he entered and retired the royals side in 4 batters with no runs. Terry Francona “He won’t go out again until Sunday and will enter only at the start of an inning” Tito is just wanting Miller to go out slowly until the postseason. Miller made quick work of the royals but the talk of the sports world, Cleveland Indians were wondering will this streak continue and it did, but as we all know there is not much time to come back after winning baseball, it really is a marathon.
In the 8th inning, the Royals got a runner on but did not have anything to show forth in a loud progressive field with over 30,000 in attendance, no one left until the game was over. So the hopes for the Indians in the 8th came up just short, loading up the bases with 1 out, for the Tribe fans thought that there was going to be runner to tie the game up but when the Inning was complete, no one scored and remained a 2-1 royals lead heading into the 9th inning. In the 9th the Royals went 1-2-3 with Hosmer, Boifancio and the Moose.
The 10th Inning was an Indians inning to remember for the rest of your life if you are an Indians fan, Indians closer Cody Allen came out to pitch it and the Royals were retired in 4 batters with a single by SS Alcides Escobar, who has played 317 straight MLB games, the most by an active player right now. The bottom of the 10th was the only lead the Indians had the Entire game and it came when the fans were able to go home in a night to remember. It started with Jose Ramirez hitting his half to 100 50th double of the season, the most of any major league hitter. EE came up who has the 2nd most walks in the AL behind Yankees Slugger Aaron Judge, walked and there were runners at first and second with nobody out. Then Jay Bruce came up to the plate, the Indians are 31-5 since he came over from the New York Mets, had the walkout hit and the crowd went crazy and fireworks started and the traditional Indians fan traditions happened.
A reminder that the Cleveland Indians will play the Kansas Royals later today and will go for win number 23 in a row with Trevor Bauer pitching against Royals ace Jason Vargas.
The Indians also clinched a playoff spot last night! Its the first time they have made the postseason in back-to-back years since 1998-99. They are currently in front of home field advantage, with the Houston Astros behind them. If the season did end today, the Indians will face the winner of the AL wild card game Yankees or Twins.
Injury Report: 2B Jason Kipnis targeting a Sunday return to the Indians lineup and he also looked really good in practice yesterday.
Today the Indians will look to jump their winning streak to 23 games which would be 3 away from the record tying 26 straight.
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