Game Recap 4/30/24 | Guardians Lose to the Astros 10-9

May 1, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – Walk-off

Hunter Gaddis had a chance to redeem himself after two poor outings in Atlanta and got the first two outs in the 10th before giving up the game-winning walk-off home run to Victor Caratini.

2 – Home Runs

The Guardians hit three home runs on Tuesday night, accounting for eight runs scored as Josh Naylor, Andres Gimenez, and Estavan Florial all went deep.

3 – Carrasco 

Carlos Carrasco struggled going four innings, giving up six hits and eight earned runs. 

Game Summary

In the 10th inning, substitute hitter Victor Caratini smashed a two-run home run with two outs, while Josh Hader’s first two-inning outing since 2019 secured the Houston Astros’ 10-9 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night.

Houston found themselves trailing by one run after pinch-hitter David Fry’s RBI double against Josh Hader (1-2) with two outs in the top of the inning.

Caratini’s home run to right-center field off Hunter Gaddis (1-1) propelled the Astros to a season-best three-game winning streak. This followed their successful sweep of a two-game series against the Rockies in Mexico City over the weekend.

Hader managed a scoreless ninth inning before returning for the 10th, marking the first instance he had exceeded three outs in a regular-season game since August 14, 2020, and his initial two-inning appearance in five years.

Josh Naylor contributed a three-run homer, while Andrés Giménez notched his first homer of the season with a two-run shot for Cleveland before Estevan Florial leveled the score with a three-run homer in the Guardians’ five-run sixth inning.

Alex Bregman hit his first homer of the season with a three-run shot, Jon Singleton added a three-run homer, and Joey Loperfido recorded two RBIs in his major league debut as the Astros built an 8-3 lead before Cleveland mounted their comeback.

The Guardians trailed by five runs when Steven Kwan tripled to lead off the sixth inning, setting the stage for Giménez’s homer that narrowed the gap to 8-5. With one out in the inning, Naylor’s walk signaled the end of Hunter Brown’s night and ushered in Rafael Montero.

In the same inning, with two outs, Florial’s homer tied the game by landing in the right field seats.

Kwan and Giménez kicked off the first inning with consecutive singles, followed by Naylor’s one-out homer to left field, putting the Guardians ahead 3-0.

Bregman’s off-speed pitch from Carlos Carrasco hit off the wall in left-center field with two outs in the third, tying the game at 3-all.

The bases were loaded with no outs in the fourth inning when Loperfido’s single to center field brought in two runs, giving the Astros a 5-3 lead.

Singleton’s subsequent pitch ended up in the second deck in right field, extending the lead to 8-3.

Singleton, starting at first base on Tuesday after the Astros optioned slumping veteran José Abreu to their spring training facility, hit his first homer since August 11, marking the first time he’s driven in runs this season after going without an RBI in 14 games.

Loperfido’s contract was selected from Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday, and he started in left field in his debut. Manager Joe Espada mentioned he might play some first base while Abreu is away.

Abreu, in the second season of a $58.5 million, three-year contract, is batting .099 with just one extra-base hit and three RBIs. In 77 plate appearances across 22 games this season, Brown allowed five hits and six runs with seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, while Carrasco yielded six hits and tied a career-high with eight runs in four innings.


Justin Verlander (1-0, 1.74 ERA) will make his third start of the season Wednesday night when he opposes RHP Triston McKenzie (2-2, 4.91)


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