Game 36 Recap 5/9 | Guardians Win 2-0 vs. Tigers

May 9, 2023

Andy Billman

3 Observations from the Game

1 – Super Rosario!

What a night for Amed Rosario, 4 for 4 with an RBI triple in the 8th inning.  Best game, by far, in the young season for Rosario. 

2 – Shane Bieber  

There’s a handful of games each season that a team will need its so-called “Ace” to lead the team to victory.  Bieber did that tonight for Cleveland going six shutout innings with nine strikeouts. 

3 – Jose Ramirez and Myles Straw

On a night when the Guards made two errors, they actually made multiple run-saving defensive plays.  Will Brennan made a great throw in the 3rd to get out the sliding Javier Baez, and in the 8th, Myles Straw made a great catch in deep center field with a great throw back into the infield to keep the Tiger runner on 2nd.  Finally, Cam Gallagher had a great night behind the plate, and with the defensive struggles of Zunino, it was nice to see a Guardian catcher have a relatively clean game.

Game Summary

On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Guardians secured a 2-0 victory against the Detroit Tigers, thanks to an outstanding performance by Shane Bieber, who struck out a season-high nine batters over six innings. Amed Rosario also had an impressive game, with four hits including an RBI triple. Cleveland’s win was their third shutout of the season, completed by relievers James Karinchak, Sam Hentges, Trevor Stephan, and Emmanuel Clase, who leads the majors with 13 saves in 16 chances.

Rosario singled in each of his first three at-bats against Detroit’s Michael Lorenzen then tripled home Will Brennan in the ninth against José Cisnero. Cleveland’s José Ramírez also contributed to the team’s victory with a sacrifice fly in the first inning that scored Steven Kwan.

Although Spencer Torkelson and Akil Baddoo each had three hits for Detroit, the team struggled with 10 strikeouts with runners in scoring position and was shut out for the first time since opening day. Lorenzen pitched well, allowing only one run over seven innings, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win for the Tigers.

Cleveland’s win pushed Detroit behind them in the AL Central standings, with the Tigers falling to 6-2 in May. Despite their slow start to the season, Cleveland’s manager Terry Francona remains optimistic and is not dwelling on past performances.

Up Next

Wednesday 5/10 – Game 3 vs. Detroit Tigers 1:10 PM EST.

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