The Cleveland Indians’ winning streak approached rarefied air Monday night, as they dominated the Detroit Tigers 11-0 to win their 19th consecutive game, one shy of the modern American League record.
Jose Ramirez hit a two-run home run, shortstop Francisco Lindor drove in four runs and Carlos Carrasco pitched six shutout innings as the Indians continued the outright dominance that has defined their franchise record streak.
Box score: Indians 11, Tigers 0
The Indians have outscored their opponents by 100 runs — 132-32 — during a run that started Aug. 24. They’ve scored double-digit runs in six of 19 games, and have shut out their opponents six times.
Cleveland has equaled the 1906 Chicago White Sox and 1947 New York Yankees, who also won 19 in a row, and have pulled within one game of the 2002 Oakland Athletics. That club won 20 consecutive games, a streak immortalized by the best-selling book and movie, Moneyball.
The streak, one at a time: How the Indians got to 19 in a row
The 1935 Chicago Cubs won 21 games in a row, the longest streak since 1900 that does not include a tie. The 1916 New York Giants won 26 consecutive games, but that streak does include ties.
Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine, and won his third game during the streak. Lindor ensured he got all the support he needed with a three-run triple in the bottom of the second that gave the Indians a 4-0 lead.
“Surprised? I don’t want to say I’m surprised,” Lindor said to the AP about the streak. “We haven’t really paid attention to it. We’re just enjoying the ride and trying to focus on what we have in front of our feet. Today is in the past already. We focus on what we have tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”
Lindor’s words appeared to echo those of Indians manager Terry Francona.
“I get it,” Francona said to the AP. “I just don’t feel like going there. I think it sends the wrong message. I think our message is always consistent, that, ‘Hey, show up and try to outplay them today.’ I think they’re doing a good job, that’s the understatement.”
And just how are their chances of catching the 2002 A’s on Tuesday night? Well, 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (15-4, 2.56 ERA) opposes Detroit’s Matt Boyd (5-9, 5.93 ERA).