Game Recap 5/17/24 | Guardians Beat The Twins 3-2

May 17, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – JRAM!!

Jose Ramirez comes through again with another late-inning game-winning home run in the 8th, hitting a deep fly to right field.


All David Fry does is hit as he went 3 for 3 on Friday, including a two-run shot to left. 

3 – McKenzie 

Triston McKenzie had a solid outing going 6 2/3’s only giving up two hits, one earned while striking out five. 

Game Summary

José Ramírez homered with two outs in the eighth inning, propelling the Cleveland Guardians to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. This game also marked the season’s first infield shift violation.

Ramírez hit his 10th home run on a 2-1 pitch from Jhoan Duran (0-1), sending the ball into the right-field seats, thrilling the Progressive Field crowd who were there to see Cleveland’s new uniforms and fireworks. This homer, the 226th of Ramírez’s career, ties him with Hall of Famer Earl Averill for fourth in the club’s history, behind only Jim Thome (337), Albert Belle (242), and Manny Ramirez (236).

Ramírez’s homer came after the Twins successfully challenged a stolen base at second. Tim Herrin (2-0), who had allowed the Twins to tie the game in the eighth, earned the win, while Emmanuel Clase secured his 13th save in the ninth.

Guardians starter Triston McKenzie was impressive, giving up just two hits over 6 2/3 innings, one of which was a home run. He also induced three double plays and benefited from a spectacular diving catch by center fielder Tyler Freeman.

David Fry hit a two-run homer for the Guardians in the sixth, shortly after Twins shortstop Carlos Correa was ruled out of position while fielding a grounder. McKenzie allowed just one run—a homer by Alex Kiriloff—continuing Minnesota’s offensive struggles as they lost their fourth consecutive game. The Twins were coming off a three-game sweep at home by the New York Yankees, who outscored them 14-1 and shut them out in the final two games.

Twins rookie Simeon Woods Richardson was pulled in the sixth after a controversial matchup with Ramírez. Initially, Ramírez appeared to ground out to Correa, but the Guardians challenged, arguing Correa was illegally positioned. The replay overturned the call, giving Ramírez another chance. Though he eventually struck out, Andrés Giménez, who had singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. After Giménez was thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice, Fry hit his fourth homer on an 0-2 pitch.

Kiriloff’s home run in the third ended Minnesota’s scoreless streak at 28 innings, the fourth longest in club history since 1961.

New Jerseys

The Guardians debuted their new City Connect Series uniforms. The blue jerseys feature “CLE” in art-deco style letters, inspired by the Guardians of Traffic pillars on the Hope Memorial Bridge outside Progressive Field.


Bailey Ober (4-1, 3.77 ERA) goes for his fifth win in six starts, matching up against Guardians LHP Logan Allen (4-2, 5.56).


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