Game 28 Recap 4/30 | Guardians Lose 1-7 at Red Sox

May 1, 2023

Andy Billman

3 Observations from the Game

1 – The struggles against lefties carry on

Guardians now fall to 4-9 against Southpaws with the loss to Chris Sale.   Sale entered the game with an ERA over eight, so this is not Sale from 10 years ago.  A big topic will be how much longer they will have Oscar Gonzalez play in right field against left-handed pitching, now at a .176 batting average. 

2 – Logan Allen looks good again. 

In his second MLB start, Allen did really well in a tough environment at Fenway Park. For Allen to only give up two runs on a single in the 5th inning, and to not get rattled under the pressure, it is hard not to get excited about what could be ahead for the young lefty, who had eight strikeouts to boot. 

3 – Sandlin struggles 

Nick Sandlin’s struggles continue as he gave up another bomb to Wong with his ERA now at almost 6.  Sandlin is highly thought of in the organization, but one has to wonder if he will be appearing much longer. 

Game Summary

The Cleveland Guardians suffered a 7-1 loss against the Boston Red Sox on a cold, rainy Sunday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were led by Connor Wong’s two-run homer, Alex Verdugo’s two-run single, and a late solo homer. Cleveland’s only run came from Amed Rosario’s sixth-inning single, which drove in Steven Kwan.

Despite rookie Logan Allen’s strong start, holding Boston to just one hit through the first four innings and striking out the heart of their order in the fourth, the Red Sox got to him for two runs in the fifth. Chris Sale pitched 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and holding the Guardians to three hits. Christian Arroyo’s two-run double in the seventh sealed the win for the Red Sox.

Although there was uncertainty about whether the game would be played due to the weather conditions, the game went on, and Boston took two of three games from Cleveland in the series. Sale, who has struggled with injuries in the past, was pleased with his performance. Meanwhile, Allen became the fourth player in franchise history to strike out 16 or more in their first two games, a feat that impressed Cleveland manager Terry Francona.

Game Highlights

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