Game 40 Recap 5/14/23 | Guardians Win 4-3 vs. Angels

May 14, 2023

Andy Billman

3 Observations from the Game

1 – Naylor does it again!

Josh Naylor had a series to remember against Los Angeles.  Naylor with another go-ahead home run today, his 3rd straight in the series, and all of them happening in the 8th inning.  

2 – Tanner Bibee 

After struggling in his last start against the Tigers, Tanner Bibee was fantastic today, going 7 2/3’s IP while only giving up two hits and one earned run.  The Angels are a good offensive team and for Bibee to dominate like that today, makes all Guardians fans dream of what is to come for the young hurler. 

3 – Hand-wringing ninth 

Emmanuel Clase made all of Cleveland nervous with his 9th-inning save, giving up two runs on three hits.  I don’t believe it is time to hit the eject button on Clase saving games, but no doubt this is not the same Clase from last year.  Contributing factors to his struggles might be the new pitch clock rules, catcher defensive issues and his velocity is down this season.  Whatever it is, Clase needs to clean it up before it starts causing panic.

Game Summary

In Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, Josh Naylor hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, marking his third consecutive go-ahead homer in that same inning. His latest late-inning heroics involved driving a 2-0 pitch from reliever Carlos Estévez over the wall in right field. This comes after he belted a solo homer on Friday to give Cleveland a 4-3 lead, and on Saturday, his three-run homer highlighted a six-run inning as the Guardians rallied to win 8-6. Naylor has had a knack for drama over the past two seasons, hitting an MLB-best eight homers after the eighth inning since 2021.

Naylor’s homer came at the expense of Angels starter Patrick Sandoval (3-2), who held the Guardians to five hits in 7 2/3 innings. Guardians starter Tanner Bibee, Sandoval’s former high school teammate, matched him by allowing just two singles, both by Taylor Ward, in his fourth start before the Angels pushed a tying run across against him in the eighth.

Despite the Guardians’ win, the game wasn’t without its tense moments. James Karinchak (1-4) got one out in the eighth, retiring pinch-hitter Mike Trout on a drive to center that was knocked down by the wind. Closer Emmanuel Clase also had a harrowing ninth, giving up two runs, one on an RBI single by Shohei Ohtani, before retiring Brandon Drury on a grounder for the final out and his 14th save.

The game had an early start time of 11:35 a.m., which may have helped Bibee, as the Angels players were still on West Coast time and their bats looked a little sleepy. In the fifth inning, the Angels took themselves out of a scoring threat with a baserunning gaffe, as Drury was tagged out by catcher Mike Zunino after making a motion toward second on a hard ground ball that shortstop Amed Rosario snared and flipped to second for a force.

Up Next

Tuesday 5/16 – Game 1 at Chicago White Sox 7:10 PM EST.

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