Winning is FUN!
There must be something in the water, because as of late, sports teams in Cleveland are winners! First the Lake Erie Monsters won the AHL Calder Cup, then a little over a week later King James and the Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, now the Indians are showing signs of strength and domination leading the A.L. Central by 6 games over the Royals.
Thursday’s win over the Blue Jays in Toronto was number 13 in a row and it’s only the third time in the club’s 116 season history that this feat has been accomplished, the ’42 and ’51 teams are the others. I remember when the Brewers set the record for consecutive wins to start a season in 1987 with 13 … being my home team and a Brewer fan, it was a BLAST!
The Indians were playing from ahead Thursday after Rajai Davis’ solo homer to left in the top of the 2nd … and Cleveland never looked back. Scoring early has been key for the Tribe this season, they are 35 – 7 when scoring first. Jason Kipnis homered in the third to extend Cleveland’s lead to 2-0. The Blue Jays answered with a solo shot of their own when Josh Donaldson “touched them all” in the 4th, but that was it, the Indians scored two more times en route to their 4-1 victory.
Indian’s starter Carlos Carrasco was stellar striking out 13, allowing 3 hits, and only 2 walks in 7 1/3 innings of work.
The Indians have a ways to go to catch the 1916 NY Giants who own the record for most games won in a row with 26 (but that includes a tie)… the record without a tie is by the ancestors of another one of this year’s hottest teams, the 1935 Chicago Cubs who won 21 games in a row. The record in the American League belongs to the 2002 Oakland A’s at 20.
Enjoy the ride Cleveland Fans!
(photos courtesy of: the Canadian Press, AP, A’s, Getty)