Game 24 Recap 4/25 | Guardians Fall 1-5 to Rockies

April 25, 2023

Andy Billman

3 Observations from the game.

1 – Where’s the energy?

Yes, it is cold outside, it is only April, and the Guardians have a history of starting the season slowly, but with that said, there is no zip in this team right now.  They hit the ball, it goes for an out and back to the dugout quickly.  In the field, the starting pitching staff can’t go longer than five innings.  The Guards need to find some energy.

2 – Starting pitching struggles

Peyton Battenfield gave up a leadoff home run to Charlie Blackmon, and from there, it felt like the game was over.  Battenfield is still so new, along with Logan Allen, Hunter Gaddis, and Xzavion Curry, that a discussion needs to be had about bringing in a veteran.  Oh, and more than likely, Tanner Bibee will be making his MLB debut tomorrow. He has a lot of youth in a very important position.

3 – Karinchak had a clean 7th inning.

James Karinchak did look good tonight, and it should be of note, as sometimes an outing like this can start to build a momentum of positive vibes.  On a night when nothing much positive happened, this could be of note later in the year. 

Game Summary

The Colorado Rockies secured their first series win of the season by defeating the Cleveland Guardians 5-1 on Tuesday night. Charlie Blackmon led the way for the Rockies, hitting his 40th leadoff home run – the ninth-most in National League history – and adding an RBI double in the second inning. Blackmon also scored a run, tying Larry Walker for second in Rockies history with 892 runs.

In his second game for the Rockies, Brenton Doyle had a memorable outing with his first three major league hits, including an RBI double in the sixth inning and two stolen bases. Ryan Feltner pitched a solid six innings, giving up only one unearned run and five hits while striking out six.

The Guardians, who had a 14-inning scoreless streak, ended the drought in the sixth inning with an Amed Rosario sacrifice fly that scored Steven Kwan. However, it was not enough, as Cleveland lost its fourth game in five tries at home. Peyton Battenfield had a rough outing for the Guardians, giving up four runs and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Up Next

Rockies RHP Noah Davis (0-0, 0.93 ERA), who has only allowed one earned run over his first two starts, is scheduled to take the start Wednesday. The Guardians have not officially named a starter, but it is expected to be Tanner Bibee for his first MLB start. First pitch at 1:10 pm

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