Cleveland had its American League-record record run stopped at 22 straight games on Friday as the Indians were beaten, 4-3, by the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team since the Boston Red Sox on August 23 to best the defending league champions.
According to FanGraphs, the Indians reached their low point in win probability Thursday night at 10.1 percent entering Lindor's at-bat in the ninth inning. Their record-breaking 3-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals was the first game of the streak in which the Indians required extra innings, and only the second in which their margin of victory was a single run.
A double by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer got outfielder Melky Cabrera across home plate for a 2-1 lead in the sixth, but Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor's two-out double in the ninth scored pinch runner Erik Gonzalez.
Nearly 30,000 people attended the Cleveland Indians afternoon game on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
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It was quite the ride, one that nobody really expected, but a great surprise for the city of Cleveland and the fan base. And as they stood and cheered, the Indians clapped in return.
After the game, the crowd that had supported the time through every win gave them one more standing ovation, which was very cool to watch.
Friday, he had the tying run on base, but flailed at strike three from Royals reliever Mike Minor to end it.
On their way to making AL history, the Indians romped through the league like no team has before. "It wasn't like we got just blown out or anything".
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One local fan who has taken notice is Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who turned his front-facing camera on and congratulated the team on their impressive run in a video for Uninterrupted. Manager Terry Francona said he wants to get Miller into six or seven games before the end of the regular season.
The Indians broke the 1-1 tie with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. He has 18 home runs and 39 RBI in his first 33 games. So, of course, Cleveland responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning on a Jay Bruce home run, taking the lead for good.
St. Louis has won 11 of 14 and can catch Chicago with a sweep in the three-game series.
Around the rest of the league, the Wild Card races are still going strong and the Chicago Cubs have not been able to shake free from the rest of the NL Central.
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NOTES: Indians OF Lonnie Chisenhall was not in the starting lineup Friday and is listed as day-to-day after leaving Thursday's game in the seventh inning with tightness in his right calf.