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Tribe Take: All Good Things Have to Come to an End

The Tribe had two series this week, against two division rivals in the Tigers and Royals. Both teams are starting to fall out of playoff contention, and so it was a wide open opportunity for the Indians to score some key wins as they looked to clinch the division.

An offensive explosion for the Indians in Game 1 against Detroit at home was the story of Monday. The club exploded for 5 runs in the second inning and never looked back, as ace Carlos Carrasco fanned 9 batters over 6 innings to seal the deal.

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Corey Kluber tossed his sixth career shutout to back a leadoff Lindor homer and a Santana run off a wild pitch to lead the Tribe to a 2-0 victory for their second straight shutout on Tuesday.

The series finale on Wednesday was the record setter for the AL win record, in which the Tribe passed the 2002 “Moneyball” A’s for 21 consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory. Jay Bruce answered an early Tiger attack with a three run blast in the bottom of the first for the highlight of the game.

After sweeping Detroit and keeping the streak alive, the Indians kept the magic going in Game 1 against the Royals when a Francisco Lindor 9th inning double took the game to extras and OF Jay Bruce hit the walk off single to electrify the home crowd.

Lorenzo Cain logged a go ahead single in the 6th inning and Mike Minor sealed the win with his first career save for the Royals as they stumped the Tribe, 4-3, and ended the winning streak at 22 games.

Over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, though, the Tribe jumped right back on track and started up another streak as they are currently 2-0. Saturday’s game was highlighted by Francisco Lindor triggering a 4 run 6th inning that lead to a 8-4 victory. Sunday was more of the same, as Edwin Encarnacion joined the fun with a 2 run homer to seal deal with a 3-2 Sunday afternoon win.  

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STORY OF THE WEEK: This week the Tribe posted a 6-1, and boosted their record to 93-57. The offense as a whole has come together to explode to put away games, and the pitching has remained top notch as always. The 22 game streak is something that will go down in history as one of the greatest Cleveland sports memories to date, and it looks to be that only the upside can come from here.

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