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Sports 20 straight! Cleveland closes in on MLB record for wins

15:39  13 september  2017
15:39  13 september  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

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It's almost unthinkable for a team to win 20 straight games. Cleveland blanks Detroit 2-0, ties 2002 Oakland A's streak, 1:07. Longest MLB winning streaks. 26 — 1916 New York Giants (1 tie).

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Francisco Lindor skipped through the doorway and into the Indians' clubhouse, where the pulsating music was at an ear-splitting level.

As many of his teammates dressed quickly with another game just 14 hours away, Cleveland's star shortstop worked the room, exchanging high-fives with anyone he could find.

It's almost unthinkable for a team to win 20 straight games.

Usually, that only happens in the movies.

"Moneyball" has its sequel.

Following a familiar script of scoring first, playing strong defense and riding dominant pitching, the Indians extended their winning streak to 20 and matched the AL mark held by the 2002 Oakland Athletics, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night.

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Tonight’s game against Detroit was exactly like most of Cleveland ’s games lately in that they won , for their near- record 20 th straight victory. Led by a gorgeous pitching performance by Corey Kluber—a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts and no

No signs of stopping

Cleveland's streak, which began Aug. 24 in Boston, is tied for the majors' second-longest in 82 years — and the Indians show no signs of stopping.

"It's special," Lindor said. "As a kid, you dream about playing in front of a lot of fans and the crowd goes nuts. That's what you want. This is for them. It's not for us."

Lindor homered leading off the first and Corey Kluber (16-4) strengthened his Cy Young Award case with a four-hitter as Cleveland joined the 2002 A's, 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams since 1900 to win at least 20 in a row.

"It's pretty crazy," Kluber said. "To go almost three weeks without losing a game is not something that you ever really expect."

The Progressive Field crowd of 24,654, riveted by each pitch as though it was October, stood and roared when Kluber sprinted to the mound for the ninth.

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Nineteen times, Cleveland ’s starter has doubled as the game’s winning pitcher; that 86 percent rate far exceeds the 2017 MLB average of 67 percent of games won by starters. For comparison, the last team to record 20 straight wins —the 2002 Moneyball A’s, whose AL streak record the Indians

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Second baseman Jose Ramirez made a sensational diving stop in short right field to throw out Ian Kinsler for the second out, and after allowing a double to Alex Presley, Kluber sealed win No. 20 — and Cleveland's seventh shutout during the streak — by getting Miguel Cabrera on an easy grounder to third.

Fireworks exploded overhead and the Indians lined up single-file the same way they have for weeks to celebrate yet another win in this unlikely streak.

'Something special'

"For sure, it's something special," Lindor said. "It's going to be there forever."

Although they insist they're not focused on the streak, the Indians are playing as though they don't want it to end.

They're now within reach of the Giants' revered 101-year-old mark, which includes a tie that interrupted 12- and 14-game unbeaten runs. However, the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistical custodian for Major League Baseball, has always regarded the Giants' stretch as the gold standard because tie games were replayed from the start back then.

20 straight! Cleveland closes in on MLB record for wins

  20 straight! Cleveland closes in on MLB record for wins Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers 2-0 for 20th straight win, tying the American League record.As many of his teammates dressed quickly with another game just 14 hours away, Cleveland's star shortstop worked the room, exchanging high-fives with anyone he could find.

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Did the Indians tie the American League record by winning 20 straight ? Kluber pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing just five hits while striking out eight. The all-time MLB win streak record is held by the 1935 Cubs, who won 21 straight games.

Cleveland can equal the Cubs' 21-game run Wednesday afternoon.

The Indians and A's, whose unexpected run to the postseason 15 years ago was re-told in the film starring Brad Pitt, don't have much in common besides their 20-game streaks.

Oakland was an overachieving squad loaded with pitching and a roster comprised of low-salaried players assembled by a front office that forced baseball to rethink how it evaluated talent. The Indians, on the other hand, have spent millions to get better, and have been expected to win — big.

Maybe not at this amazing rate, but after getting to Game 7 in 2016, Cleveland was a favorite to return to the World Series.

Closing in on their second consecutive AL Central title, the Indians figured to keep things going with Kluber on the mound, and the right-hander continued his own superb stretch.

20 straight! Cleveland closes in on MLB record for wins © Jason Miller/Getty Images 20 straight! Cleveland closes in on MLB record for wins

Kluber improved to 8-1 in his last nine starts and lowered his ERA to an AL-best 2.45 with his third shutout of the season and fifth complete game. He allowed a leadoff double in the first to Kinsler, but stranded him at third by striking out Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos to end the inning.

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Closing pitcher Cody Allen of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after the last out Wednesday to defeat the The major league record is 26 straight wins by the New York Giants in 1916, though there The Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 2 - 0 Tuesday night in Cleveland to win their 20 th straight game

Indians Win AL- Record 21st Straight Game. Edwin Encarnacion added to Cleveland 's advantage with an RBI single in the third inning before the Tigers added two in the sixth to trim the Indians' lead to 4-3.

Downplaying the streak

Cabrera came in batting .434 against Kluber but went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

The Tigers have been beaten six times by the Indians during their streak.

"In a way, it doesn't surprise me," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said of Cleveland's three-week dominance. "Because if any team could do it, it's them. They've got it all."

While understanding the fascination with his team's roll, Indians manager Terry Francona has been downplaying the streak so as not to make it a distraction. He chooses his words carefully whether he's talking to reporters, family or friends.

"I got one really good buddy, one of my best friends, but he's notoriously bad luck," Francona said. "Everybody kind of refers to him as like the gray cloud. He knows who he is and you talk about superstitions, I will not talk to him. He is a text only.

"Oh, yeah. He knows. It cost me one job, he's not getting in the way again."

LONGEST MLB WINNING STREAKS

  • 26 — 1916 New York Giants (1 tie)
  • 21 — 1935 Chicago Cubs
  • 20 — 2002 Oakland Athletics
  • 20 — 2017 Cleveland Indians
  • 19 — 1906 Chicago White Sox (1 tie)
  • 19 — 1947 New York Yankees
  • 18 — 1904 New York Giants

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