Game 31 Recap 5/3 | Guardians Lose 3-4 at Yankees

May 3, 2023

Andy Billman

3 Observations from the Game

1 – Where are the runs?

Guardians claimed May was going to be the month they would turn it on.  Well, still in neutral three days into May, as after the 1st inning, the Guardians had a hard time getting any momentum going on offense.  Even in the 9th, two bloop hits (Myles Straw and Oscar Gonzalez) score the go-ahead run.  

2 – Jake Bauers and Willie Calhoun 

Remember Bauers?  UGH, yes, that Bauers gets a home run, and so does Calhoun.  Calhoun also got the game-tying RBI single in the 9th, and Jose Trevino got the game-winning hit in the 10th.  The point is the Yankees beat the Guardians with players who are not household names.  PAINFUL WAY TO LOSE.

3 – Clase and Stephan No Bueno

Emmanuel Clase gave up the game-tying run in the 9th, and Trevor Stephan gave up the game-winning run in the 10th. Stephan especially looked stressed on the mound, and the Guards need better performances by both pitchers right now with the struggles from James Karinchak.  

Bullpen needs to pick up the save and or keep the game tied with how this team plays. Not a lot of wiggle room for bad days from the pen.  Not necessarily fair, but they don’t have a lot of margin for error. 

Game Summary = Frustrating Loss

In Wednesday night’s game against the Cleveland Guardians, the New York Yankees secured a 4-3 win with a game-ending single by pinch-hitter Jose Trevino in the 10th inning. Willie Calhoun had hit a tying single in the ninth inning to force the game into extra innings. However, two more New York players were hurt during the game. Center fielder Harrison Bader, who had just returned from the injured list, left the game after a ninth-inning collision with Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Oswald Peraza also limped off the field after injuring his ankle as a pinch runner. Despite these injuries, manager Aaron Boone stated that he believes Bader will be fine.

Calhoun and Jake Bauers both hit home runs in the fifth inning off Cleveland pitcher Shane Bieber, which erased an early 2-0 lead held by Cleveland. The score was tied with two outs in the top of the ninth when manager Boone brought in Clay Holmes, which drew some boos from fans. Myles Straw hit a liner to left-center that resulted in a double just in front of Kiner-Falefa, who was playing left field for the first time since 2015 in the minor leagues. Pinch-hitter Oscar Gonzalez blooped an RBI single that dropped among Kiner-Falefa, Bader, and shortstop Anthony Volpe, landing 240 feet from home plate. Kiner-Falefa collided with Bader during the play, which angered fans who chanted “Fire Boone!”

In the bottom half of the ninth, Anthony Rizzo singled off All-Star closer Emmanuel Clase, leading off the inning. Peraza ran for Rizzo and stole second base but injured his ankle in the process and was replaced by Aaron Hicks, who scored on Calhoun’s single. Clase blew a save for the third time in 10 chances.

Albert Abreu got Josh Naylor to ground into an inning-ending double play in the 10th, and with the automatic runner on second, Trevor Stephan walked Bauers, who was then sacrificed to second by Kiner-Falefa. Trevino blooped a single to center over the drawn-in infield on Stephan’s third straight slider, securing the win for the Yankees.

Cleveland has lost five straight series and 11 of its last 16 games. Shane Bieber allowed five hits in eight innings, throwing 93 pitches. This team needs to start showing some energy soon. It’s early but big series this weekend against the Twins

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Friday – Game 1 vs. Minnesota Twins 7:10 PM EST.

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