Game Recap 4/14/24 | Guardians Beat the Yankees in 10 Innings 8-7

April 14, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – Walk-off! 

The Guardians came back from 7-5 in the bottom of the 10th, which started with a Jose Ramirez single followed by a fielder’s choice by Josh Naylor scoring his brother Bo Naylor to make it 7-6.

Next up was David Fry, who hit the game-changing double to put Josh at third.  Will Brennan hit a shot to Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres who could not get Josh out at home. 

Andres Gimenez completed the comeback with a game-winning sac-fly to score Fry.

That was a wild ending! A lot of credit to the Guardians, who scrapped in the 10th inning with hustle to get the victory, YES SIR!!

2 – Home Runs

Cleveland has been criticized for its lack of power, but that was not an issue on Sunday, with Ramirez, Estevan Florial, and Gabrial Arias all hitting home runs, accounting for half of Cleveland’s run total. 

3 – 9th Inning issues

The Guardians had a chance to win the game in the 9th, but Emmanuel Clase had a blown save without help from Brennan, who missed judged a fly ball from Anthony Volpe’s bat with two outs, allowing the ball to drop in right field giving Volpe a double with the Yankees tying it at 5. 

Game Summary

Andrés Giménez’s decisive sacrifice fly concluded Cleveland’s dramatic three-run surge in the 10th inning, securing the Guardians’ exhilarating 8-7 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday, salvaging the finale of their three-game series.

Trailing 7-5, the Guardians orchestrated a remarkable comeback in the 10th inning against Caleb Ferguson (0-2), scoring three runs via a forceout, fielder’s choice, and Giménez’s clutch sacrifice fly.

The Yankees briefly seized a 7-6 lead in the 10th courtesy of Anthony Rizzo’s pivotal two-run double off Tyler Beede (1-0).

Nevertheless, the Guardians, who were on the cusp of victory before the Yankees’ ninth-inning rally, showcased resilience with crucial at-bats to clinch a stunning win, concluding their inaugural homestand, which commenced amidst a total solar eclipse.

In the 10th inning, Josh Naylor’s ground ball plated his brother Bo Naylor, who initiated the inning on second base and advanced on a single. David Fry followed with a double, and Will Brennan’s grounder caused trouble for Yankees’ second baseman Gleyber Torres, resulting in a late throw home as Josh Naylor crossed the plate to knot the score at 7-7.

Giménez then lifted a fly ball to right field, securing the Guardians’ second walk-off win of the week.

Despite the loss, the Yankees maintained an impressive 12-4 record, continuing one of their strongest starts in franchise history, with a previous perfect 6-0 record in one-run games.

Aaron Judge’s three-run homer, Jose Trevino’s solo shot, and Anthony Volpe’s timely double in the ninth highlighted New York’s offensive contributions.

On the other side, José Ramírez’s two-run homer, along with solo shots from Gabriel Arias and Estevan Florial, the former top prospect in the Yankees’ organization now with Cleveland, bolstered the Guardians’ offensive output.

Florial’s eighth-inning homer off Luke Weaver elicited jeers from Guardians fans, who engaged in spirited banter with their New York counterparts throughout the game.

The euphoria was short-lived as Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase faltered, surrendering Volpe’s game-tying hit.

Judge’s mammoth blast in the third inning, initially estimated at 469 feet before being adjusted to 450 feet, propelled the Yankees to an early 3-0 lead, showcasing his formidable power at the plate.


RHP Ben Lively will make his season debut with a start Wednesday in Boston. Lively was one of several Cleveland players to be stricken with a viral illness during spring training in Arizona. He signed as a free agent with the Guardians in December after spending last year in Cincinnati’s organization.


RHP Xzavion Curry will start Monday against Boston. Like Lively, he came down ill in camp and lost 15 pounds. He made nine starts for Cleveland in 2023.


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