Jay Bruce Walk-Off 2B Pushes Tribe's Streak to 22
This win was earned.
There was an intense distinction between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals as this four-game series opened at Progressive Field:
- The Tribe wanted to keep making history, but
- The Royals needed the win to remain relevant in the American League's wild card race.
Kansas City came within one strike of victory in the bottom of the ninth, but no:
Actually, the Indians are so hot right now, the Astros may well be elated they've got Justin Verlander should the two teams meet in October.
To be fair, Kate Upton would probably be cheering no matter what, especially now that she and hubby-to-be finally found a nice neighborhood to put down stakes.
Meanwhile, neither the Indians nor the 'Stros wanna put down anything until they've won 11 games in the post-season.
The Royals and their fans have a not-so-distant feeling of what that's like.
If they want it again, they have a tall order ahead of them the next two weeks:
- Kansas City not only make up five games on the current pacesetter for that second wild-card spot,
- They've gotta jump over four teams to do it.
So the Royals are desperate, and that makes them a more dangerous foe than their usual formidable selves.
Cleveland's 10-6 against them this season, but this series shapes up to be their most challenging yet if they want to overtake the 1916 New York Giants' MLB-anointed record of 26 straight triumphs.