BARNETT: As fans swarmed out of Progressive Field yesterday afternoon, T-shirt vendor Vern Thompson says he was on a streak of his own.
There's been a healthy amount of debate what is actually the MLB record for longest winning streak. It was his 34th homer this season and fifth with the Indians, who acquired him on Aug. 9, an all-in move necessitated by all-star Michael Brantley going on the disabled list with a serious ankle injury.
All that was missing were a walk-off victory and extra innings. "But I do think it's kind of cool, you hear Cleveland a lot". The 1935 Chicago Cubs and the 1880 Chicago White Stockings had 21-game streaks. Naquin scored the tying run, and the fans roared in disbelief. Jay Bruce clinched the win with a walk-off double into the right field corner to score Jose Ramirez.
"I didn't think it was going to be a double, and then I saw the center fielder slow down", Ramirez said on the postgame TV interview after the 3-2 victory.
The American League began play in 1901 with Cleveland as one of its original franchises.
One of Bruce's greatest hits, for sure.
"It's just really, really impressive to see from the outside".
These Indians aren't stopping for anything. The Indians trailed in the seventh inning or later for the first time since Aug. 23. And thanks to Francisco Lindor and Jay Bruce, something happened again for the defending American League champions.
Until then, as Tribe announcer Tom Hamilton put it perfectly after win number 22 in a row, "History marches on".
Wild-card winner of the day.
Now these Indians are just showing off.
After Tomlin retired the side in order in the first inning, the Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second. I did the WBC and all that stuff this year and I feel like my arm's reacted pretty well to it.
Wild-card loser of the night. Herrera was trying to go down and away, but it was up and more over the plate.
Red Sox activate David Price. They're learning on the job right smack in the middle of this. Aside from being on pace to break the Dodgers' strikeout rate set only a year ago, Cleveland, statistically, has the best pitching staff in baseball.
But as they have done for the past three weeks, the Indians responded as Bruce, who arrived in a trade from the Mets last month, connected for a three-run shot into the left-field bleachers. Then he was an everyday player.
The Indians have one goal - winning the World Series.
"And there are certain guys who have that". Even Brandon Workman has been very good in the second half. "Having been through it, it was surreal".
Pomeranz (16-5) allowed a run on five hits and struck out five in raising his record to 10-1 since June 16. It'll be interesting to see how he fits in. That's now second in the majors to Jose Altuve. In fact, they've thrown seven shutouts over the streak. Gotta keep it fresh, right? Matt Davidson added three hits and three RBIs for the White Sox. "I thought we were playing the Royals today".
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