Game Recap 4/6/24 | Guardians Beat the Twins 3-1

April 6, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – Fry Fry Fry

David Fry provided the offense, hitting a three-run homer in the second to put the Guardians up for good. 

2 – Defense

The Guardians pitching only gave up two hits but walked seven Twins to keep pressure on the scoreboard.  A tremendous help was the Guardians gloves led by Andres Gimenez, who made multiple plays on the field to keep the scoreboard at one for Minnesota. 

3 – Bieber Injury

Multiple outlets announced before the game that Shane Bieber will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury. 

Game Summary

David Fry blasted a three-run homer, backed by a stellar pitching effort from seven Cleveland hurlers who combined for a two-hit gem, propelling the Guardians to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

In the wake of ace Shane Bieber’s season-ending elbow surgery, the Guardians displayed their pitching depth, extending their record to 7-2 for the season.

Veteran Carlos Carrasco delivered three innings of one-run ball, fanning six and issuing three walks before departing after 78 pitches.

The bullpen, featuring Nick Sandlin (2-0), Cade Smith, Hunter Gaddis, Scott Barlow, Tyler Beede, and Emmanuel Clase, silenced the Twins’ offense for the remaining six innings, with Clase securing his fourth save in the ninth.

Minnesota’s Joe Ryan (1-1) put up a strong performance, striking out seven over six innings, but his mistake pitch to Fry in the second inning cost the Twins dearly.

Although Alex Kirilloff’s first-inning RBI triple put Minnesota on the scoreboard, they struggled to find offensive momentum, managing just one more hit, a single by Carlos Correa in the ninth.

Despite the Guardians’ pitching dominance, the Twins had opportunities to capitalize, with seven walks and three hit batters issued by Cleveland.

In the sixth inning, Minnesota threatened with the bases loaded, but Hunter Gaddis delivered crucial strikeouts to Ryan Jeffers and Willi Castro to extinguish the rally.

Overall, it was a showcase of Cleveland’s pitching prowess, overcoming adversity to secure another victory in the series.

Up Next


RHP Peter Strzelecki will replace Bieber on the roster. The 29-year-old has spent parts of two seasons with the Brewers and Diamondbacks, posting a 5-6 record with a 3.63 ERA.


RHP Triston McKenzie (0-1, 10.80 ERA) will start Sunday’s series finale. McKenzie gave up four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings at Seattle on Monday.


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