Cleveland – 2
Detroit – 0
Short and Sweet:
The Indians made American League history tonight as they tied the 2002 Oakland A’s by notching their 20th straight win as Corey Kluber steamrolled through the Detroit Tigers lineup to pitch a complete game victory and give the Tribe its league-leading 18th shutout. It also was the seventh shutout during the 20-game win streak.
There wasn’t a lot of scoring in this contest, but the Tribe got all it needed early when Francisco Lindor led off the bottom of the first inning with his 30th home run of the season to extend his club record for shortstops. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth when Carlos Santana doubled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on Jay Bruce‘s groundout to first base. After Yandy Diaz struck out and an international walk was issued to Francisco Mejia, Santana scored on a wild pitch by Drew VerHagen to make it 2-0.
The Tribe bullpen didn’t even need to warmup in this game as Kluber was in control tonight and only had one really serious scoring threat against him when Ian Kinsler got to third base in the first inning, but Kluber then struck out the last two batters to escape the jam.
Tribe Top Three:
Corey Kluber: 90 percent of Twitter vote
Kluber struck out eight hitters to give him 243 for the season. He moves into 14th place for most Ks in a season by a pitcher. He also gave up just five hits and no walks in his dominating performance that may have just made him the favorite to win a second Cy Young award.
Francisco Lindor: 5 percent of Twitter vote
Lindor was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk and continues his blazing stretch at the plate.
Jose Ramirez: 2 percent of Twitter vote:
Ramirez went 2-for-4 and also made a huge defensive play in the ninth inning to secure the second out
Carlos Santana: 3 percent of Twitter vote:
Santana went 1-for-3 and hustled home on a wild pitch to score the Indians second run of the game.
Tribe Time Tomorrow:
Mike Clevinger (9-5, 3.30 ERA) will look to keep the Indians amazing stretch run rolling when he takes the hill at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday to wrap up the three-game series with Detroit. Clevinger has not given up a run in his last three starts spanning 18 innings. The Tigers will start Buck Farmer (4-2, 6.32 ERA), who makes his eighth start of the season. Farmer last pitched on September 8 against Toronto and gave up just one earned run in 5 innings to earn the win.