Death. Taxes. The Cleveland Indians winning baseball games. Detroit would score a couple more runs to come within one, but then the Indians' bullpen came in and did what they basically always do: shut down their opponent.
With a shot at AL history, Clevinger took the mound with Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" blasting through the ballpark's sound system, and Cleveland's crowd came to rock - and witness history - on a mostly sunny day.
"Sports fans are used to the nuance in hockey and football of the difference between a winning streak and an unbeaten streak or consecutive games streak without a loss".
The Detroit Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, so naturally the Indians responded with a three-run home run from Jay Bruce in the bottom half of the inning to take a lead that would never be relinquished. The Indians gained nine additional games over the Twins in just under three weeks.
The Indians (89-56) now have a stranglehold on first place in the AL Central and are the talk of the majors. After losing their last four consecutive games, the O's have fallen back under.500. MLB's official statistician - both recognize the Giants' streak as the longest in major league history.
Kluber also extended the streak of terrific starting pitching for the Indians.
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Mike Clevinger (10-5) gave up one earned run in 5 2/3 innings to get the win.
The longest streak in all of baseball belongs to the 1916 New York Giants at 26 games in a row, but that was pre-live ball era. To claim that record, Cleveland will have to sweep the Kansas City Royals at home before taking two games from the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. Three of the team's most recognizable players - Andrew Miller, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley - have been on the disabled list for the entirety of the streak. Knowing that any game 7s they face in the playoffs will be in the comfort of their own ballpark is worth its weight in gold, however, and with confidence riding high after so thoroughly dominating baseball the past month, the Indians should be considered, at worst, the World Series co-favorites, along with the recently-catastrophic Dodgers. You win one and, well, you'll probably lose one tomorrow or the next day.
Wednesday's win was just another routine win for this team in what should have been a pressure-filled game.
The half-shrugged, matter-of-fact dismissal of all things streak-related is straight out of the Terry Francona playbook. The Giants won 12 straight games, played a 1-1 tie and then won 14 in a row.
"The Giants' 26-game winning streak has existed since the beginning of time", Hirdt told ABC News.
"It's just the next guy up", Kipnis said. "But it doesn't garner you anything more than the win".