Game 27 Recap 4/29 | Guardians Lose 7-8 at Red Sox

April 30, 2023

Andy Billman

3 Observations from the Game

1 – Plesac had a rough outing, and Clase could not get the job in the 10th

Plesac got roughed up pretty well in this game, giving up five runs, and then with a 7-6 lead in the 10th, Clase could not hold Boston down blowing the save, his second of the season.  

Clase is having a good year, but so far he is not as dominant as he was in 2022.  No reason to be concerned long term.

With Plesac, this is par for the course. He is your typical 5th starter, I would not be surprised if he in his next start was good.  

Once Triston McKenzie and Aaron Civale get healthy, the Guards have an interesting decision to make with Logan Allen, Tanner Bibee, and Plesac.  My guess right now is Plesac will not be in the starting rotation once everyone gets healthy.

2 – Zunino errors mount.  

Mike Zunino is starting to become a daily conversation in regard to his glove.  He had a throwing error along with another passed ball in the 10th that, to say the least, was a catchable pitch.  Zunino does hit for a catcher, but is it worth the defensive lapses?  His mistakes behind the plate are becoming exhausting, it is only April. 

3 – Naylor starting to warm up

Last year Josh Naylor had multiple clutch hits, and yesterday looked like 2022 Josh Naylor.  Naylor with three hits including a key bases-clearing double to get the game to 6-5

Game Summary

On Saturday, the Cleveland Guardians made an impressive comeback, erasing a five-run deficit to force extra innings against the Boston Red Sox. However, their lead in the 10th inning was short-lived as the Red Sox rallied to score two runs and secure an 8-7 victory. Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase was unable to hold on to their one-run lead, allowing RBI singles by Christian Arroyo and Alex Verdugo to seal the win for Boston.

Earlier in the game, the Red Sox had taken a commanding 6-1 lead after a difficult start by Cleveland’s Zach Plesac. Josh Bell’s homer provided the only highlight for the Guardians in the early innings. However, the Guardians mounted a fierce comeback, with Josh Naylor’s three-run double in the seventh inning and a solo homer by Andres Gimenez, cutting the Boston lead to 6-5.

In the ninth inning, the Guardians tied the score 6-6 on an RBI single by Jose Ramirez, who was able to score Myles Straw, who had singled to start the rally. Ramirez then came through again in the 10th inning with another RBI single, but it was not enough to secure the win for the Guardians.

Up Next

Game 3 (Rain Expected) vs. the Red Sox in Boston.

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