Last night in Cleveland, the Indians who were riding a 21 game win streak, were going into the bottom off the 9th, trailing 2-1. Kansas City brought in their dominant closer Kelvin Herrera who was looking to close the door on this historic streak. Due up for the Tribe were their 7-8-9 hitters and the odds were totally against them.
But, if we know anything about this Indians team it is that defying the odds during this streak, has been their back bone. After one man get on, Cleveland’s superstar shortstop, Fransisco Lindor dug into the batters box with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. He was the team’s last hope. Herrera was blowing gas and looked like he had his shut down stuff. I’m not going to lie, I thought the streak was over. What happened next only happens in fairy tales.
Cleveland had their chance to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth when they loaded the bases with 1 out. However Jay Bruce had an awful at bat, popping out to the catcher on the first pitch. Next up was Carlos Santana who popped out as well, ending the threat for the Tribe. In their half of the ninth the Royals failed to score
Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th. With two outs and two strikes and a runner on first with Francisco Lindor at the plate, the Tribe rally takes shape. Lindor swings at a pitch a tad outside and drives the ball off of the wall just out of the reach of gold glover Alex Gordon. I thought the ball was gone off the bat, but Lindor landed safely at second while Eric Gonzalez scored from second. The game was tied and the city of Cleveland was sent into a state of euphoria.
It was like a late October post season atmosphere with the crowd sent into a playoff frenzy. The Royals got out of the inning however, and we were headed to the 10th in C town.
In the top of the 10th, Cleveland closer Cody Allen came into the ball game, with the momentum totally shifted now in the Tribes favor. Brandon Moss though quickly wanted to shift that momentum back to his teams favor, He sent a drive into deep right center field, but it was flagged down by Tyler Naquin at the warning track. Allen got through the rest of the inning unscathed and it was time for the Indians to get number 22. Jose Ramirez started the bottom half of the inning off with a what seemed to be a routine single to the outfield. Ramirez had different ideas however, he stretched it into a double and essentially caught the Royals napping. The next guy got on and to was time for Jay Bruce to redeem himself for the awful Ab that he had in the 8th. He did just that. He sent a walk-off double into right field and the Indians had come back to win their 22nd straight ball game.
I find myself repeating the phrase “22 straight wins” and I cant seem to wrap my head around it. Last night was truly something you find out of a movie. This team is special, this story is special, and this great game called baseball is truly special.