Game Recap 5/18/23 | Guardians Win 3-1 at White Sox

May 18, 2023

Andy Billman

3 Observations from the Game

3 things Guardians win 3-1 over White Sox:

1 – No sweep for you! 

The Guards have still not been swept in 2023 thanks to some crafty pitching from starter Logan Allen who went 5 2/3’s while only giving up only 1 run.  Allen did have runners on throughout the game but was able to get out of jams with grounders and strikeouts (5).

2 – Cam Gallagher 

Cam Gallagher had a solid day throwing out two runners and getting an RBI single in the top of the 7th.  Gallagher deserves another shot at the starting catcher spot in NYC. 

3 – Error Anderson

The game’s big play was the error made by Chicago’s Tim Anderson in the top of the 7th.  Anderson got a ground ball and instead of throwing it to first or home to get Will Brennan trying to score, he bobbled the ball, unable to get an out allowing the run to score. 

Game Summary

In Thursday’s game, the Cleveland Guardians secured a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, thanks to Cam Gallagher’s RBI single during a two-run seventh inning. Gabriel Arias played a crucial role, hitting a home run and a double to help Cleveland salvage the final game of the three-game series. Nick Sandlin earned the win (2-1) after getting four outs, and Emmanuel Clase sealed the victory with his 15th save in the ninth inning.

The turning point for the Guardians came in the seventh inning when they took the lead for good. With one out and runners on second and third, Brayan Rocchio hit a ground ball that was mishandled by shortstop Tim Anderson, resulting in an error. Rocchio was credited with his first major league RBI as Will Brennan dashed home, making it 2-1.

Following that, Gallagher drove in Arias with a single to left field off Gregory Santos. This hit was significant as Cleveland’s catchers had been struggling in May, going 0 for 44 with 26 strikeouts prior to Gallagher’s crucial at-bat. It was only Gallagher’s third hit of the season, ending a 0 for 34 slump that dated back to April 9.

Gallagher reflected on his performance, acknowledging the challenges he faced, saying, “That was probably the longest I’ve gone without getting a hit.” He also highlighted the importance of the pinch-hit situation and credited manager Terry Francona for giving him the opportunity to contribute. Gallagher’s hit provided an extra run for Cleveland.

On the White Sox side, Luis Robert Jr. stood out with two hits, including a double, while Seby Zavala drove in a run with an RBI single in the fourth inning. However, Dylan Cease (2-3), the White Sox pitcher, was charged with three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, marking his seventh consecutive winless start.

Cease commented on his performance, recognizing that while he threw strikes consistently, his stuff wasn’t at its best. Despite his efforts, he couldn’t secure the win for the White Sox.

In terms of pitching, Cleveland’s rookie Logan Allen made his fifth career start and allowed seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one, delivering a solid performance.

The game also saw the absence of All-Star third baseman José Ramírez from the Guardians’ lineup due to his placement on the bereavement list. Brayan Rocchio was called up to fill his spot on the roster.

Up Next

Friday – Game 1 at New York Mets 7:10 PM EST. RHP Cal Quantrill (2-2, 3.97 ERA) faces Mets RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 8.56 ERA)

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