It Took 19 Innings but the Cleveland Indians Are Still Rolling

Cleveland Indians Streak

After 19 innings, three ejections (Edwin Encarnacion, John Gibbons, and Russell Martin), two position players being forced to pitch (Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney), and Devon Travis using smelling salts just to stay awake, the Indians pull it out a win. The game finished 2-1 after Carlos Santana gave the Tribe the lead in the top of the 19th with a solo home run to center field.

Oh yeah, and if you thought I was making that up about the smelling salts, I wasn’t.

The Indians extend their win streak to 14 games and officially make it the longest in franchise history.

Josh Tomlin and Marcus Stroman pitched their way into a 1-1 standoff which led to extra innings, and it was the Tribe bullpen which eventually prevailed. The pen paid their dues, allowing no runs and only 4 hits before Trevor Bauer, who was scheduled to start against Toronto on Saturday, pitched for the last 5 innings and held the Blue Jays scoreless for the rest of the game.

Throughout the entire game, the Blue Jays took offense to how home plate umpire Vic Carapazza was calling strikes, leading to the ejections of Encarnacion, Gibbons, and Martin. Despite going 3-for-9 with no RBI’s or runs scored, Francisco Lindor has been excellent for the Indians at shortstop. Even though Xander Bogaerts will most likely start in the All Star game and Lindor having a lower BA and OBP this season, the career numbers are very similar.

This info-graphic is a work of art because not only is it accurate, it also includes a Bone Thugs-N-Harmony reference (look up the song “1st of tha Month” unless you’re already an lover of ’90s hip hop).