The Cleveland Guardians took the Washington Nationals to task thanks in part to Josh Bell.
The Cleveland Guardians were able to get back to their winning ways over the weekend as they took on the Washington Nationals. Josh Bell was the player to watch from the series, as he hit .500 for the series (6-12), and really drove the ball well. He racked up five extra-base hits (four doubles, and one home run) while driving in three RBIs and only striking out once.
This is the kind of series that the Guardians were hoping Bell would be able to deliver more regularly. He’s on a five-game hitting streak and has risen his batting average from .076 to .190 in just a week’s time. Bell’s production is imperative to the team’s success this year, and his ability to rack up extra-base hits will be a big reason why this team wins or loses games.
While the Guardians did not complete the sweep, the issue wasn’t scoring runs on Sunday, but the pitching.
Cal Quantrill threw a very good game, dropping his ERA from 6.52 to 5.74. He’s struggled to start the year, but he seems to be finding his rhythm now.
Zach Plesac struggled a bit but was able to get the win, thanks in part to Jose Ramirez and Myles Straw both hitting two RBIs a piece. Plesac gave up four runs but only two of which were earned. Ramirez was the one who pooched it, with a poor throw.
Shane Bieber had a ho-hum outing for the former Ace of the AL, striking out only four, allowing nine hits, and giving up three earned runs. He still could’ve gotten the win, however, had Nick Sandlin not blown the game bottom of the eight
3-10, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 Run, 3 Walks
6-12, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 Run, 1 Walk, 1 Strikeout
4-11, 3 RBI, 3 Runs, 1 Walk, 1 Strikeout
5-12, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs, 2 Strikeouts
2.0 2 Holds, 5 Ks
2 Saves, 1 Hit, 1 K