Series Review: Cleveland Guardians claim series against L.A. Angels

The Cleveland Guardians are back to their winning ways.

The Cleveland Guardians have swept another team, taking three straight against the Los Angeles Angels, with the final game being an early afternoon game. The win puts the Guardians 3.5 games up on the Chicago White Sox, who are currently losing 2-0 to the Colorado Rockies as of press time.

A loss by the White Sox would put them four back just in time for them to come to Cleveland on Thursday for the make-up game they still have to play. After that is a five-game series against the Twins that would effectively take them out of the playoff race if the Guardians take three of two. If the Guardians sweep them again, that would send the Twins to 10 back, making it a near impossibility for the Twins to make the playoffs.

The White Sox are on deck after that with a three-game series in Chicago. That will be Chicago’s last chance to directly take ground away from the Guardians. After that, there are three series left; three in Texas, then three at home against the Rays, and then five at home against the Royals.

So if the Guardians take both of the next two series, they will likely be cruising into the playoffs when they go down to face the Rangers.

Cleveland Guardians vs. LA. Angeles series review

Game  1 – Guardians Win (5-4)

Konnor Pilkington did the best he could but the rookie gave up four runs over the fourth and fifth innings, tieing up the game. The Guards however were able to deliver late in the game again, thanks to Amed Rosario.

Game 2 – Guardians Win (3-1)

It was a joint effort by the bullpen to hold the Angels at bay and snap Mike Trout’s home run streak just shy of the Major League record. A lot of hits but only three runs harkens back to that losing streak the team was on not that long ago, but stellar pitching made it a non-factor.

Game 3 – Guardians Win (5-3)

Oscar Gonzalez and Jose Ramirez drop in a pair of home runs, while Cal Quantrill goes seven strong innings to earn the sweep of the LA Angels.

Series Standout

Oscar Gonzalez

5-15, 2 HRs, 3 RBI, 3 Runs

Owen Miller

5-10, 1 Run

Emmanuel Clase

2.0 IP 2 Saves, 3 Ks