"I wasn't there", he said, drawing laughter.
The Giants faced four one-run games and only one extra-inning game in their streak, and got in two extra wins that didn't count - a 4-2 charity fundraising exhibition against the Yankees on September 10 and an 8-5 victory over the New Haven Colonials on September 24.
In their bid for sole possession of baseball's longest winning streak in the last 101 years, the Cleveland Indians found themselves a strike away from losing on Thursday.
Indians manager Terry Francona said, "That was a fun game to play". Guys like Nick Goody and Tyler Olson have held down middle-relief like it's their job. From May 1 through July 31, L.A. posted an incredible 61-19 record, good for a.766 win percentage.
"That part's very meaningful. I don't think it entails him throwing that many pitches".
Now entering his 17th season as a major league skipper (fifth with the Indians), Francona has accumulated over 1,400 wins, with two world series victories (both with the Red Sox) in three appearances.
There was no big celebration afterward as the Indians simply congratulated one another and stuck to their routine.
"We're in uncharted territory, and that's an understatement", Bruce said after the victory before a raucous crowd in Cleveland. "I've given that zero thought". The 1935 Chicago Cubs and the 1880 Chicago White Stockings had 21-game runs.
Scott Spencer feels like the Indians current 21-game winning streak has them destined to get revenge on the Cubs and to hoist the World Series trophy for the first time since 1948.
PHILADELPHIA - Rhys Hoskins hit another home run as Philadelphia finished off a sweep of Miami. The teams they dispatched had a combined season-ending record of 444-526 and only the Minnesota Twins finished the season with a winning record. With their 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the Indians won their 21st game in a row, setting a new American League record for consecutive wins. The late-season correction to their record has guaranteed them a place in the postseason. "Like, man I haven't talked to you in three weeks'".
Let's rephrase that: the Indians and Royals will have at it in sold-out Progressive Field. Romine then grounded out to Urshela to end the inning with the Indians still holding a two-run advantage. They trailed by that many on Thursday night alone, until the improbable comeback in the ninth and 10th innings.
The St. Louis Maroons started the season on a 20-game winning streak in 1884 in the lone season the Union Association existed before it shuttered operations.
If the Indians were to keep up such a staggering run differential for an entire season, baseball's Pythagorean formula, which estimates winning percentage based on runs scored and runs allowed, predicts they would win 149 of 162 games.
Zack Meisel wrote in early July about the Indians being on pace for their highest TV ratings since 2001 - that says something. "I don't think there was a second that I doubted we were going to score some runs or string together some hits".