Looking back: When Cleveland Indians began 22-game win streak in 2017
CLEVELAND, Ohio – An anniversary recently passed with little fanfare but one that will bring a smile to Tribe fans: The beginning of the Cleveland Indians’ historic 22-game winning streak last season.
The streak started with a win at home vs. Boston on Aug. 24 and ended with a 10-inning victory against Kansas City on Sept. 14, also at Progressive Field.
Ten pitchers were used in the game that would spark the streak, with Trevor Bauer getting his 13th win and Chris Sale moving to 14-6 with the loss.
Giovanny Urshela had four RBIs in the 13-6 win. Jay Bruce and Francisco Lindor hit home runs for the Indians, and Mitch Moreland powered out two homers for the Red Sox. The teams combined for 27 hits, including two triples from Boston’s Xander Bogaerts and Cleveland’s Yandy Diaz.
The 13 runs were the most the Indians scored in any one game during the streak.
At the beginning of the streak, Cleveland was atop the American League Central Division by 5.5 games; 22 games later, they were ahead by 13.5.
In 1916, the New York Giants went unbeaten for 26 games, but that stretch includes a tie. (Here’s what happened in that game, on Sept. 18, 1916.)
This season, Aug. 24 wasn’t as fortunate for the Tribe: Cody Allen let up two consecutive home runs in the ninth inning and blew a save at Kansas City. The Indians lost 5-4.
The Indians’ longest win streak this season is seven games, June 17-June 24, all against AL Central foes. It began with a victory to avoid a sweep at home against Minnesota and was followed by three wins each against Chicago and Detroit.
The Tribe’s longest losing streak this season is four games on three occasions. (If they lose this afternoon - Sunday, Aug. 26 - it will mark their fifth straight loss.)
The Indians finished the 2017 season with a 102-60 record. This year, they are 73-56.