It was a night of record-tying performances in the Rogers Centre on Thursday night.
The Indians cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays behind a dominant outing from Carlos Carrasco, extending their win streak to 13 games—tied with the 1951 and 1942 Indians for the longest in franchise history.
The victory also gave the Indians 22 wins in the month of June, their most since June, 1965 and just the 11th time in franchise history they’ve reached the 22-win plateau in a calendar month.
Carrasco etched his name in the record books as well, tying the Rogers Center record for strikeouts by a visiting pitcher with 14, one shy of his career high. Carrasco joins three others, including former Indians hurler Bartolo Colon who struck out 14 Jays in 1998.
Other notes and thoughts on the game…
- 35-year-old Rajai Davis tied a career high with his 8th home run on June 30. Abraham Almonte, Marlon Byrd… is Davis next?
- The Indians lineup entered the game with a combined career .200 batting average vs knuckleballs, and everyone not named Mike Napoli was batting just .148. But the team got hot against R.A. Dickey, going 7-24 (.291 BA) against his knuckler.
- Josh Tomlin battles Marcus Stroman on Friday as the Indians go for 14 straight. Stroman has a 7.54 ERA in his last eight starts.