Josh Tomlin allowed two runs in seven innings of work on Tuesday night.
By going seven innings, Tomlin extended his streak of five-inning outings to 28 – tying Daisuke Matsuzaka for the longest streak to begin a career in MLB history.
Tomlin eclipsed the Indians team record long ago, which was 12, originally set by Steve Dunning in 1970.
It’s sort of an odd record, because it requires a pitcher to have made each of his first 28 appearances as a starter – which is rare. John Farrell, for example, holds the Tribe record for most consecutive five-inning starts to begin a career with 37. However, his debut came in a relief appearance, thus eliminating any chance he had of setting this particular record.
Don’t think this isn’t an impressive streak though. Over the past 20 seasons only four other Indians pitchers have made 28 consecutive starts without being knocked out before the 5th inning. The team record in that category is, of course, held by Bob Feller (76). And in the baseball-reference era, only 14 different Tribe pitchers have put together a longer streak than Tomlin.