Game Recap 4/28/24 | Guardians Lose to the Braves 4-3

April 28, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – Extra inning blues 

The Guardians made two baserunning blunders in the top of the 10th, first with Steven Kwan getting picked off trying to steal third, and then Jose Ramirez got thrown out going to second to end the inning.  JRAM did not slide and pulled up going into second, and once he was called out, he realized his mistake by putting his hands on his head.

Emmanuel Clase got the first out in the bottom of the 10th, but Austin Riley hit an RBI single to end it. 

2 – Gaddis gassed 

Hunter Gaddis struggled again in Atlanta, giving up to runs and a 3-1 lead.  Gaddis came into the series without giving up a run and leaves giving up four in two games.

3 – Lively 

Ben Lively was okay today, going 4 1/3 innings and only giving up one run. 

Game Summary

Austin Riley’s clutch 10th-inning single drove in Ronald Acuña Jr., propelling the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Guardians in a thrilling contest that sealed their triumph in the three-game series, pitting the top two teams in the majors against each other.

A.J. Minter (4-1) earned the win with a flawless 10th-inning performance, while Emmanuel Clase (1-0) suffered the loss for the Guardians.

The Braves secured their 11th win in the last 13 games, dealing the Guardians their initial road series defeat in five attempts.

The Guardians stumbled in the 10th inning, with Stephen Kwan getting picked off while attempting to steal third, and José Ramírez committing a baserunning error, overrunning second during a steal attempt, leading to the end of the inning.

Riley showcased his prowess with a 2-for-4 performance, including a pivotal walk, while Ozzie Albies contributed with a 2-for-4 outing and an RBI.

Atlanta rallied to knot the score at 3-3 in the eighth inning, courtesy of an RBI double from Albies and an RBI single by Matt Olson.

Braves starter Bryce Elder lasted 5 1/3 innings, conceding two runs on four hits with two strikeouts. Despite a shaky start with control issues, including four walks, a hit batsman, and two wild pitches, Elder showcased resilience, notably remaining in the game after being struck on the right foot by a 95 mph comebacker from Andrés Giménez in the third inning.

Guardians starter Ben Lively yielded one run in 4 1/3 innings, tallying five strikeouts and two walks.

Brayan Rocchio led the offensive charge for the Guardians, going 2-for-3 with two steals and two runs scored, while Andrés Giménez contributed with a 2-for-3 performance, including an RBI and a stolen base.

The Guardians displayed aggressiveness on the base paths, exemplified by three stolen bases, although they were countered by two pickoffs and two caught stealing incidents.


Carlos Carrasco (1-2, 4.63) will face the Astros RHP Hunter Brown (0-4, 9.68) in Game 1 of a three-game series in Houston on Tuesday.


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