After 21 amazing games of baseball, tying the modern day record for most wins in a row, it looked like the Cleveland Indians were finally going to lose a game on Thursday night. They were down 2-1 To Kansas City in the bottom of the ninth and facing off against Royals closer(?) Kelvin Herrera. Two quick outs bookended a Tyler Naquin single, bringing up Francisco Lindor with a runner on first.
Herrera worked Lindor into a 2-2 count, and the Indians were down to their last strike, with the tying run still 270 feet away from home plate. No one wins forever, right?
Lindor smoked an opposite field double off the wall (Alex Gordon almost caught it), and the game was tied. The Indians would have to wait one more inning to take sole possession of the longest win streak in baseball, when Jay Bruce hit an RBI walkoff single down the right field line.
The streak is now at 22 wins, surpassing the 1935 Chicago Cubs’ streak of 21 straight wins. The 1916 New York Giants rattled off 27 games without a loss, but one of them was a rain-shortened game that ended in a tie. Most baseball purists now consider the 2017 Indians as having the longest win streak in baseball history.