The Cleveland Indians won a baseball game on Thursday night. That might be hard to beli -- just kidding, it's all they can do these days.
However, Thursday's victory over the Royals -- which extended Cleveland's American League-record streak to a 22nd straight game -- packed with it a bit more stress than some of the others. You see, their 3-2 win in 10 innings was the first walk-off win of the streak. Seriously. They've basically been playing with a level of dominance each night, so much so that they didn't need a last at-bat win until Thursday.
(You may recall that the 2002 A's, whose 20-game streak was eclipsed by Cleveland's earlier this week, required a dramatic walk-off homer from Scott Hatteberg to clinch No. 20, and had a few others along the way).
But win No. 22 was different. With the Indians down, 2-1, Francisco Lindor was at the plate with two outs in the ninth inning, facing Kelvin Herrera. With two strikes on the shortstop, the Indians could have lost.
But no, they didn't. Instead, it was more jubilation after Lindor laced a game-tying double off the left-field wall that was just inches away from Alex Gordon's glove. It was just more abject bliss, all Progressive Field has seen for weeks:
And in the stands, too:
By then, the events of the evening had taken their toll on some fans, most notably this guy who was overcome with his thoughts as Cleveland mounted its final rally:
Cleveland walked it off thanks to Jay Bruce's RBI double down the right-field line, setting off another raucous celebration:
And gave this fan a chance to show off a great piece of signage:
Another fan was also pleased with the results:
As was one Mr. LeBron James:
#22 #Windians- LeBron James (@KingJames) September 15, 2017
Back at the ballpark, it was pandemonium in the seats, as captured on Twitter by @TheSportsGab:
Enjoy this, Cleveland. Your team is on some kind of run.