Series Review: Guards sweep A’s behind Andres Gimenez’s big series

The Cleveland Guardians sweep the Oakland A’s behind Andres Gimenez.

The Cleveland Guardians had two rough series back to back, losing to the Yankees and Angels in some very tough to get through games. Yet, the Guards are back on track after a huge series from Anges Gimenez in Oakland.

The Guardians needed a series win against the A’s to help wash away the last two series and their disappointments. Sweeping the A’s was just the cherry on top of things. The team is still under .500, however, at 10-12, and have the Padres coming up on Tuesday. Former Guardians pitcher Mike Clevinger will face off with Zach Plesac, his best friend on the club. Clevinger is making his first start in nearly two seasons due to knee issues.

Then former Padre Cal Quantrill will close out the two-game series against his former team. Hopefully, the Guards can crawl back to .500 in this shortened series.

Andres Gimenez leads Guardians to a sweep over the A’s with his big series

Game 1 – Guards W (9-8)

Trailing 5-8, the Guardians proved they can in fact make comebacks, putting up four unanswered runs in the seventh. Josh Naylor and Jose Ramirez both hit towering home runs, but Andre Gimenez had four RBIs, taking control of a game that had gotten away from starter Aaron Civale.

Game 2 – Guards W (3-1)

Shane Bieber proved he ‘don’t need no stinkin’ spring training’, striking outs even in seven innings of action, arguably his best outing of the year to date. Rookie Richie Palacios hit two RBi to help the Guards take the 3-1 game in a rather offensive lacking outing.

Game 3 – Guards W (7-3)

Franmil Reyes had his first offensive output since getting dropped in the lineup, driving in two RBIs in the game. The Guardians’ offense was all hands on deck during the game and Triston McKenzie dazzled with seven strikeouts and only four hits given up in 6.1 innings pitched.

Series Top Performers

Myles Straw

5-12, 3 runs, 2 walks

Owen Miller

2-9,1 RBI, 3 walks, 4 runs

Jose Ramirez

3-10, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 4 runs, 4 walks

Josh Naylor

4-12, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 2 Runs, 1 Walk

Andres Gimenez

6-13, 6 RBI, 3 Runs

Steven Kwan

3-9, 2 runs

Trevor Stephan

2.2 IP, 4 ks

Emmanuel Clase

2.0 IP, 2 K’s, 0 ER

Shane Bieber

7 IP, 7 Hits, 7 K’s, 1 ER, 1 Walk

Triston McKenzie

6.1 IP, 4 hits, 7K’s, 1 Walk