FINAL: INDIANS 5, TIGERS 3
The Cleveland Indians made history on Wednesday afternoon, winning their 21st consecutive game with a 5-3 victory over the Tigers. The win sets an American League record (20 by Oakland in 2002) and ties the modern-day Major League Baseball record set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.
Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the first inning off of Buck Farmer, and Mike Clevinger pitched five scoreless innings before the Tigers were able to tag him for two in the sixth.
Nick Castellanos drove in his 86th RBI of the year with a double to left field in the sixth.
Buck Farmer settled down after the opening frame, piling up seven strikeouts over four innings. Pitch count was again a problem for another young Tigers pitcher, as Farmer walked three and gave up four runs over those four innings (98 pitches).
Kansas City comes into Cleveland tomorrow for a four-game set, where the Tribe will try to set the modern-day MLB record for wins.
The 1916 Giants are credited with a 26-game unbeaten streak, which is the result of a tie game during that run.
Top 9th: Indians 5, Tigers 3
Tyler Collins struck out swinging, Jose Iglesias flew out to left field and Ian Kinsler did the same as Cody Allen closed out the Tribe's American League record 21st consecutive win.
Bottom 8th: Indians 5, Tigers 3
Carlos Santana tried to stretch a triple into an inside the park home run, but the Tigers were able to nail the ambitious hitter at the plate to end the inning.
Alex Wilson pitched out of the Tigers bullpen, getting Edwin Encarnacion to ground out to third and Jay Bruce to strike out swinging
Top 8th: Indians 5, Tigers 3
Miguel Cabrera led things off with a single to right field off of Cleveland reliever Bryan Shaw. Nick Castellanos followed by striking out swinging, and just when it appeared Jeimer Candelario had grounded into an inning-ending double play, Shaw fell on his backside retrieving the ball, allowing the Tigers to put men on first and second. John Hicks grounded into a fielder's choice on a great diving stop by third baseman Giovanny Urshela, who got the out at second base. Andrew Romine grounded out to third to end the inning.
Bottom 7th: Indians 5, Tigers 3
Roberto Perez ended Daniel Norris' streak of seven consecutive Tribe hitters retired by homering to left-center to push the Indians lead to 5-3.
Francisco Lindor followed with a single to center field, but Norris was able to dial it back in and get the next two outs without issue.
Top 7th: Indians 4, Tigers 3
Jose Iglesias popped out to third, and Ian Kinsler struck out swinging as Terry Francona decided it was time to take Nick Goody out of the game in favor of Tyler Olson, who got Alex Presley to foul out to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Indians 4, Tigers 3
Jay Bruce flew out to left field, Carlos Santana struck out swinging and Yandy Diaz did the same as Daniel Norris has come into the ballgame out of the bullpen and set down the first six Cleveland hitters he's faced.
Top 6th: Indians 4, Tigers 3
Miguel Cabrera appeared to ground out to third to leadoff the inning, but an overthrow by Yandy Diaz allowed the big man to reach second base. Nick Castellanos took advantage with an RBI double off the wall in left field that cuts the Cleveland lead to 4-2.
Jeimer Candelario followed by grounding out to shortstop. John Hicks grounded out to first, moving Castellanos up to third, and Andrew Romine brought him home with a single to right field. 4-3.
That was the end of the line for Mike Clevinger.
Nick Goody came into the game and struck out Jacoby Jones to get out of the inning.
Bottom 5th: Indians 4, Tigers 1
Daniel Norris got the call from the bullpen to start the fifth, and he did his job well, setting the Tribe down in order.
Lonnie Chisenhall lined out to center field, Jose Ramirez popped out to first and Edwin Encarnacion popped out to shortstop in a 10-pitch inning for the young Tigers pitcher.
Top 5th: Indians 4, Tigers 1
Jose Iglesias drew a four-pitch walk from Mike Clevinger to leadoff the inning, but those good vibes were squashed quickly when Ian Kinsler grounded into a double play. Alex Presley grounded out to first to end the frame.
Bottom 4th: Indians 4, Tigers 1
Tyler Naquin grounded out to second, Roberto Perez struck out swinging and Francisco Lindor grounded out to first as Buck Farmer bounced back from a strenuous third inning.
Farmer has piled up seven strikeouts on 98 pitches.
Top 4th: Indians 4, Tigers 1
John Hicks grounded out to second, Andrew Romine popped out to second and Jacoby Jones grounded out to shortstop as the Tigers went down in order in the fourth.
Bottom 3rd: Indians 4, Tigers 1
Jose Ramirez picked up a two-out double, and it was Edwin Encarnacion that brought him home with a bloop single to right field that puts the Tribe up 4-1.
After Farmer walked Jay Bruce, James McCann got in the umpire's face to argue balls and strikes before getting thrown out of the game. When Brad Ausmus came to the defense of McCann, he was also tossed. They both had a legitimate beef, as it appears Farmer's strike zone has not been consistent with the one given to Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger.
Farmer followed the ejections by issuing a walk to Carlos Santana that loaded the bases for Yandy Diaz, who after getting ahead of Farmer 3-0, flew out to left field to end the threat.
It's starting to look more and more like Cleveland will set the American League record for consecutive wins today at 21, which would also tie baseball's modern-day record set by the Cubs in 1935.
Francisco Lindor grounded out to second and Lonnie Chisenhall struck out looking to start the inning.
Top 3rd: Indians 3, Tigers 1
Alex Presley notched his second hit of the day with a one-out single to left field, but the Tigers couldn't take advantage. Miguel Cabrera struck out looking, and though Nick Castellanos singled to center field to push his hitting streak to 10 games, Jeimer Candelario struck out looking to end the inning.
Mike Clevinger now has six punch outs through three frames.
Ian Kinsler lined out to second to leadoff the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Indians 3, Tigers 1
Yandy Diaz grounded out to first, Tyler Naquin struck out looking and Roberto Perez struck out swinging as Buck Farmer followed his counterpart's lead and bounced back from a rough first inning.
Top 2nd: Indians 3, Tigers 1
Andrew Romine struck out swinging, Jacoby Jones struck out looking and Jose Iglesias grounded out to second as Mike Clevinger bounced back from a lengthy opening frame.
Bottom 1st: Indians 3, Tigers 1
It looked like Buck Farmer might be able to work himself out of an early jam, but Jay Bruce had other plans, hitting a three-run home run to left field with two outs to give the Tribe a 3-1 lead.
Francisco Lindor led things off with a double down the right field line. After Lonnie Chisenhall struck out swinging, Farmer walked Jose Ramirez to put runners on first and second. Farmer bounced back to strike out Edwin Encarnacion, but that's when Bruce went yard.
Farmer threw 32 pitches in the opening frame.
Top 1st: Tigers 1, Indians 0
Alex Presley notched a one-out single to left field off of Tribe starter Mike Clevinger. After Miguel Cabrera fouled out, Nick Castellanos was able to work a walk. That's when Jeimer Candelario drove a two-out double to the wall in left-center to plate the Tigers first run since Sunday in Toronto. 1-0.
With men on second and third, James McCann struck out swinging to end the threat.
Clevinger threw 26 pitches in the opening frame.
Ian Kinsler struck out swinging to leadoff the inning.
TIGERS AT INDIANS
First pitch: 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Progressive Field, Cleveland
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 60-84, fourth place in the American League Central, 28.5 games behind the Indians. The Indians are 89-56, first place in the AL Central, owners of the AL's best record.
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Alex Presley, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
4. Nick Castellanos, RF
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
6. James McCann, C
7. Andrew Romine, 1B
8. JaCoby Jones, CF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
Buck Farmer, SP
1. Francisco Lindor, SS
2. Lonnie Chisenhall, LF
3. Jose Ramirez, 2B
4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. Carlos Santana, 1B
7. Yandy Diaz, 3B
8. Tyler Naquin, CF
9. Roberto Perez, C
Mike Clevinger, SP