Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Cleveland Indians: 14-Game Winning Streak


Carlos Santana hits the game-winning home run in the top 19th inning.

They needed 19 innings, but the Cleveland Indians established a franchise record by winning its 14th consecutive game on Friday. When second baseman Jason Kipnis singled and drove in Carlos Santana in the top of the third inning, the Indians grabbed a 1-0 lead they were able to maintain until the bottom of the sixth. Justin Smoak, the Toronto Blue Jays first baseman, hit a solo blast to even the score. For the next couple of hours, more than one full game's worth of zeroes filled the scoreboard.

Fast-forward to the top of the 18th inning. Position players started toeing the rubber. Ryan Goins, a middle infielder for the Blue Jays, made his major league pitching debut by allowing two hits and a walk, but he did not surrender a run. With the score still knotted 1-1 in the top of the 19th, Darwin Barney moved from second base and relieved Goins. Another middle infielder, Barney also made his pitching debut. The first batter he faced, Carlos Santana, hit a solo home run to claim a 2-1 lead. Barney retired the next three batters, but the eventual game-winning run crossed the plate.

With one out in the bottom of the 19th inning, third base man Josh Donaldson flashed his power, but his deep blast only had warning track power. When Devon Travis grounded out to end the game, the Indians celebrated the franchise's longest winning streak since the 1951 season.

On two occasions, the Indians stacked 13 consecutive wins. The first took place between April 18-May 2, 1942. The most recent streak happened from August 2-15, 1951. Here's a quick look at all three streaks.

2016
06/17 - Chicago White Sox (3-2)
06/18 - Chicago White Sox (13-2)
06/19 - Chicago White Sox (3-2), 10 innings
06/20 - Tampa Bay Rays (7-4)
06/21 - Tampa Bay Rays (6-0)
06/22 - Tampa Bay Rays (6-1)
06/24 - @Detroit Tigers (7-5)
06/25 - @Detroit Tigers (6-0)
06/26 - @Detroit Tigers (9-3)
06/27 - @Atlanta Braves (8-3)
06/28 - @Atlanta Braves (5-3)
06/29 - @Atlanta Braves (3-0)
06/30 - @Toronto Blue Jays (4-1)
07/01 - @Toronto Blue Jays (2-1), 19 innings

1951
08/02 - @Washington Senators (5-2)
08/03 - @Philadelphia Athletics (3-2)
08/04 - @Philadelphia Athletics (4-2)
08/05 - @Philadelphia Athletics (6-3), Game #1
08/05 - @Philadelphia Athletics (6-3), Game #2 (eight inning game)
08/07 - St. Louis Browns (5-1)
08/08 - St. Louis Browns (2-1)
08/10 - Chicago White Sox (6-4)
08/11 - Chicago White Sox (2-1)
08/12 - Chicago White Sox (7-1)
08/13 - Detroit Tigers (2-1)
08/14 - Detroit Tigers (6-5), 10 innings
08/15 - @St. Louis Browns (9-4)

1942
04/18 - Chicago White Sox (1-0)
04/20 - St. Louis Browns (4-3)
04/21 - St. Louis Browns (4-2)
04/22 - St. Louis Browns (3-2)
04/23 - @St. Louis Browns (9-2)
04/24 - @St. Louis Browns (2-0)
04/25 - @Chicago White Sox (5-4)
04/26 - @Chicago White Sox (3-2)
04/28 - @Philadelphia Athletics (6-4)
04/29 - @Philadelphia Athletics (11-6)
04/30 - @Philadelphia Athletics (6-1)
05/01 - @Washington Senators (13-6)
05/02 - @Washington Senators (12-3)

Photo by: Frank Gunn/AP


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