Today in Tribe History: July 3, 2002
Bob Toth | On 03, Jul 2015
2002 – Tribe slugger Jim Thome homers for the seventh consecutive game as the Indians fall again to the New York Yankees, 11-8.
Thome, in a torrid stretch at the plate, sends a solo blast into the seats at Yankees stadium for the second consecutive night and seventh straight time, doing so twice against the Boston Red Sox and three times against the Arizona Diamondbacks beforehand.
He will fall just one game short of tying the all-time record for consecutive games with a homer, as he will go 0-for-3 the next day in the final game before the All-Star break. He became the ninth American League player and 15th in baseball history to hit homers in at least six straight games and was the first to hit them in seven straight since Ken Griffey Jr., who hit eight in 1993 to tie Don Mattingly’s and Dale Long’s record.
Despite Thome’s success at the plate, the Indians are in a funk, going 2-5 during his hitting streak and are losers of four straight. The Yankees use a five-run second to erase an early Indians lead and, after the Indians had climbed back within one with three runs in the fourth and one in the seventh on Thome’s blast, open the game up with a four-run seventh.