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March 21 2018, 12:30 | Sammy Rose
Runs have been hard to come by when facing the Tribe as the Indians have surrendered only 32 earned runs during this 20-game run; the fewest earned runs in all of baseball. Francisco Lindor had a solo home run to lead the Indians in the win while Carlos Santana scored on a wild pitch. If the Indians tack on another win, they'll break a record older than the franchise's World Series drought - perhaps a portent of more history to be shattered next month.
At the moment, the 1935 team holds Major League Baseball's record for most consecutive victories in a row with 21. But when you've got that rotation, that bullpen and that offense, it's a pretty complete team. "I guess if they weren't streaking, they weren't interested".
Bauer (16-8) tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. "I thought we were playing the Royals today". "We know we have the talent to do things like this".
Since Aug. 24, the Tribe has played 180 innings of baseball and they've trailed in only four of those innings.
The Indians notched their seventh shut-out of the streak. We're not talking about a team that squeaks its way to a win. Farmer struck out Edwin Encarnacion for the second out, but Bruce hit a fly ball to left field that just barely got over the wall for a three-run home run. "It's not because we don't value the importance of winning and everything".
While Cleveland might appear unstoppable now, manager Terry Francona stressed the importance of focusing just on the next game.
Drew VerHagen relieved Hardy and struck out Yandy Diaz on three pitches for the second out. Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning Tuesday against the Sox and has nine RBI in his past three games. The club ranks 12th in fly ball rate (37.4 percent), with a 33.8 percent hard hit ball rate, proving it still doesn't rely exclusively on homers to produce runs. So I'll say Lindor. "I promise you I have given that zero thought". "I left two fastballs up, but other than that, I felt in control".
Some insurance came from an unlikely source when the normally light-hitting catcher Roberto Perez hit his sixth homer of the season. "You play so many games in so many days, to go nearly three weeks without losing a game is not something I think you really expect". "There are a lot of talented arms in that group", said Allen. Their 19th shut-out of the season leads the major leagues.
Cleveland opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Their current winning streak is due in large part to their phenomenal pitching staff - pitching to just a 1.58 ERA in September.
During their streak, the Indians have been bulldozing teams, outscoring opponents 134-32 during a remarkable run that began on August 24 with a 13-6 win at Boston followed by three straight shutouts at home over Kansas City.