Wednesday afternoon was special. No matter how this season ends, the current win streak the Cleveland Indians are on will be remembered forever. Let’s take a look at some of the top highlights from the record-breaking game:
The Indians may have trailed for one of the few times throughout this 21-game win streak, but it didn’t last long. After Mike Clevinger allowed a run in the top of the first inning, Francisco Lindor led off the bottom of the inning with a double. Jay Bruce eventually hit a three-run home run just four batters later to give the Indians an early 3-1 lead.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and catcher James McCann evidently didn’t want to have to suffer anymore or be on the field (or in the dugout) when the Indians went on to continue their win streak, so they were both ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the third.
Edwin Encarnacion then added on to the lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the third to score Jose Ramirez and give Cleveland a 4-1 lead.
The entire Indians lineup has been on fire throughout the win streak, but one of the most surprising hitters who have done very well lately is Roberto Perez. After the Tigers scored two in the top of the sixth, He continued his hot streak with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh for some much-needed insurance and gave the Indians a 5-3 lead. It’s his fifth home run in his last 13 games. He had just one all season prior to that stretch.
An inning after Yandy Diaz overthrew Carlos Santana at first base on what should have been an easy play to throw out Miguel Cabrera, his defensive replacement, Giovanny Urshela, once again proved that he’s one of the best fielders on the team with an impressive diving stop and throw to second base for the force out.
Carlos Santana wanted to prove he is one of the fastest guys on the team in the bottom of the eighth. No, but seriously, after a miscue in Detroit’s outfield, Santana tried coming all the way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. He was thrown out by 15 feet and instead of proving how fast he is, he apparently proved that he isn’t one of the fastest players on the Indians when all was said and done.
Cody Allen has loved to make things interesting at times when closing out a game, but he wasn’t messing around Wednesday afternoon. He sat the Tigers down 1-2-3 to give the Indians win No. 21 in a row.
In case you weren’t able to watch (or listen) to the final out, don’t worry, we have you covered there too. Listen to Tom Hamilton, the STO broadcast, and Tigers’ radio affiliate announce Lonnie Chisenhall’s sliding catch to clinch the win for Cleveland.
Can't stop listening to this. Listen to Tom Hamilton, STO, and even the Tigers' broadcast announce the final play for win No. 21 in a row. pic.twitter.com/coJFFIbqFI
— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) September 13, 2017
Even LeBron James expressed his excitement for the Indians following Wednesday’s game and said that he will be at Progressive Field soon.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 13, 2017