Game Recap 4/15/24 | Guardians Beat the Red Sox 6-0

April 15, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap


3 Things Around The Game

1 – Welcome back!

Xavion Curry returned after spending the first 15 games on the IL and came back on fire, pitching five shutout innings while only giving up two hits and striking out three. 

2 – Bullpen

The Guardians bullpen followed that up with four scoreless innings from Tim Herrin, Nick Sandlin, and Eli Morgan. They gave up only one hit and struck out five. 

3 – Arias

Gabriel Arias is making a push to play every day, going 3 for 4 with an RBI, raising his season average to .308.


Game Summary

In Monday’s traditional Patriots’ Day game in Boston, the Cleveland Guardians secured a 6-0 victory against the Red Sox, buoyed by Will Brennan’s seventh-inning pinch-hit, two-run homer. José Ramirez and Gabriel Arias contributed with RBI doubles for Cleveland, now boasting an impressive 8-2 road record.

Clad in their white jerseys emblazoned with red “Boston” lettering, a tribute to the post-Boston Marathon bombings game in 2013, the Red Sox struggled at the plate, managing only three hits. Their woes were compounded when left fielder Tyler O’Neill exited the game in the eighth inning after colliding with third baseman Rafael Devers while chasing a shallow pop-up. Red Sox manager Alex Cora revealed O’Neill’s injury, indicating he received eight stitches for a gash on his forehead and would undergo concussion protocol.

Despite the setback, Devers, who also collided with O’Neill, reported feeling fine but would undergo the necessary concussion evaluations. Making his season debut after recovering from a viral illness that landed him on the injured list, Guardians starter Xzavion Curry held the Red Sox to just two singles over five innings. Curry, who endured a challenging recovery that included a significant weight loss during spring training, expressed his readiness for the early game, having acclimated to daytime pitching during his minor league rehab starts.

Brennan’s pivotal homer off reliever Brennan Bernardino sealed the win for Cleveland, with Tim Herrin contributing two hitless relief innings to secure the victory. Meanwhile, Boston’s Wilyer Abreu showcased defensive prowess with a remarkable over-the-shoulder catch before colliding with the bullpen wall in the first inning.

The Patriots’ Day game, a Fenway Park tradition since 1959 coinciding with the Boston Marathon, featured a ceremonial first pitch from former New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski, who elicited a thunderous response from the crowd. Red Sox starter Kutter Crawford delivered a solid performance, striking out six over 5 2/3 scoreless innings, despite Boston’s offensive struggles.

Reflecting on his team’s performance, Cora expressed confidence despite some offensive challenges, indicating optimism for the future.


TRAINER’S ROOM

President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said LHP Logan Allen was fine after getting hit on the pitching elbow in Sunday’s walk-off win over the Yankees. “One of the underlying stories that likely got overshadowed was Logan getting hit,” he said. “Thankfully it looks like he’s OK.” … Ramirez fouled a ball off his shin but stayed in.

UP NEXT

RHP Tanner Bibee (1-0, 5.93 ERA) looks to rebound from a rough start on Tuesday in the second of the four-game series. In his previous outing, he gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings against the White Sox on April 10.

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