Today in Tribe History: July 6, 1997

1997 – Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. extends his hitting streak to 30 games with a second inning single as Cleveland will defeat the Kansas City Royals, 8-7, in front of a packed house at Jacobs Field.

Alomar wasted no time in extending his streak with a single to third off of Royals starter Tim Belcher in his first at bat of the ball game. He will go hitless over his final three at bats of the first half of the season and will participate in the annual All-Star Game in two days. During his hot stretch at the plate dating back to May 25th, Alomar is hitting .422 with a .455 on-base percentage and nearly one-third of his hits are for extra bases. The Indians during this time are 18-12.

The hitting streak is the longest in the Majors since Chicago Cubs outfielder Jerome Walton hit in 30 straight games as a rookie from July 21st to August 20th, 1989. Alomar becomes just the second player in franchise history to hit in at least 30 straight games and is just one game short of Nap Lajoie’s club record of 31, set in 1906.

Alomar will unofficially extend his streak to 31, as his late inning heroics in the Midsummer Classic at Jacobs Field will earn him All-Star MVP honors. In front of a home crowd of 44,916, Alomar’s two-run home run off of Shawn Estes will break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh and give the American League a 3-1 victory. Alomar’s in-game hitting streak of 30 games will end on July 10th with a 0-for-4 day in Minnesota.

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