Due to our powerful obsession with memories of the Cleveland Indians being awesome, Always The Jake is celebrating the one-year anniversary of The Streak by doing a brief recap of each game. Check back each day prior to game time to see the details of the game that took place one year ago that day!
Opponent: Detroit Tigers
Location: Comerica Park
Player of the Game: Carlos Carrasco (7 IP, 1 ER, 8 K, 0 BB)
Play of the Game: After Cody Allen loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, Joe Smith takes the mound, bears down and retires former MVP Miguel Cabrera on a lineout to shortstop Francisco Lindor, preserving a one-run lead.
Season Record: 76-56
Streak Run Differential: +37
Both starting pitchers looked locked-in in the early-going, facing a combined three batters above the minimum across the game’s first four innings. Gio Urshela drew first blood with a fifth-inning RBI single that scored Brandon Guyer. A Jose Iglesias double tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, but Edwin Encarnacion put the Tribe back on top immediately by sending an 85 MPH slider from Drew VerHagen over the right field fence.
Though Bryan Shaw and Allen were unable to contain the kitties in the eighth inning, allowing another tying run to cross the plate, Lindor came right back in the top of the ninth with an RBI single to score Jay Bruce. Smith helped Allen put the finishing touches on a shaky but shutdown ninth inning, giving the Tribe a win in the day game of the Detroit-Cleveland doubleheader.