Oscar Gonzalez helped power The Cleveland Guardians in series win.
The Cleveland Guardians are only one game back from the Minnesota Twins in the loss column but are four games back from them in the overall standings. That’s because the Guards lead the Majors in most rainouts and rain delays this season. Despite the weather, the team has cobbled together a 7-3 stretch over their last 10 and has improved to 26-26 on the year.
Shane Bieber and Cal Quantrill continue to be magic on the mound, with Bieber really embracing his old form as of late and Quantrill proving why he was in that Mike Clevinger trade. Should the day come Bieber gets traded, I have complete faith the team will just pillage more great prospects and be just fine.
The only “bad” game of the series came in Game 2 of a double-header, where Kirk McCarthy got the start. He had a rough go of it, giving three home runs in just four innings. The bullpen didn’t disappoint all series.
While the offense mounted runs throughout the series, it didn’t come from any one specific person all series. Everyone seemingly had their own moment to shine.
Game 1 – Guardians Win 6-3
Owen Miller, Josh Naylor, Oscar Gonzalez, and Steven Kwan smacked in five RBIs on the day, allowing Eli Morgan to cruise to an easy win.
Game 2 – Rangers Win 6-3
Oscar Gonzalez had a nice two-RBI game, but the pitching fell apart to start the game and the Guardians’ offense just couldn’t keep up.
Game 3 – Guardians Win 4-0
A rain delay slowed the Guardians down after starting hot with four runs in the first three innings. Despite Shane Bieber being pulled before he could go five full innings, Eli Morgan and the rest of the pen held things down.
4-16, 3 RBI
7.0 IP, 8 Hits, 3 ER, 3 Ks
2.2 IP, 2 Ks, 0 Hits
2.0 IP, 1 Hit 2 Ks, 2 Walks
2.0 IP, 3 Ks, 1 Hit, 1 Save