By Chandler Guadagnin
With a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday morning, the Cleveland Indians etched their names in the Baseball history books, accomplishing what no other American League team before had done: win 21 straight games.
With the win over Detroit, the Tribe surpassed the record of 20 straight “W”s set by the 2002 Oakland A’s and tied the modern day Major League set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.
The Indians sent Mike Clevinger to the hill; he was opposed by Tigers’ righty Buck Farmer. Detroit would draw first blood, as in the first inning, a 2 out RBI double off the bat of Jeimer Candelario, staked Detroit to a 1-0 lead. However, in the bottom half of the inning, a leadoff double and one out walk brought up Jay Bruce. On a 1-1 pitch, Bruce launched an opposite field 3-run home run, to put the Indians up 3-1. The Indians would not look back as they would tack on a run in the third and another in the 7th to tame the Tigers 5-3.
During this unprecedented streak, Cleveland has recorded a +104 run differential. In these 21 games, the Indians have led at the end of 185 of 189 innings.
The Indians now set their sights on the overall Major League record, of 26 consecutive games, set by the 1916 New York Giants.
The Cleveland Indians will attempt to make it 22 in a row when they send Josh Tomlin to the mound to match up against the Royals’ Jakob Junis. First pitch is set for 4:10PM PT.
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