Game Recap 5/21/24 | Guardians Beat The Mets 7-6

May 22, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – JRAM!!

It was a big night for Jose Ramirez, who scored an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run home run later in the fifth inning.  

2 – Happy Birthday!

Tyler Freeman had a fantastic birthday, scoring an RBI double in the third and making an incredible diving catch in the fourth inning to save a run by keeping Pete Alonso on third. 

3 – Fry, Fry Fry

David Fry got his first-ever pinch-hit home run hitting a two-run blast to right in the 6th.

Game Summary

José Ramírez powered the Cleveland Guardians to a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night, hitting a two-run homer and an RBI double. This win extended Cleveland’s longest win streak of the season to five games.

David Fry contributed with his first career pinch-hit home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, for the AL Central-leading Guardians. Cleveland now holds the fourth-best record in the majors at 32-17 and has won six consecutive games at Progressive Field.

Ramírez, who has been with the Guardians for his entire 12-year career, has driven in 34 runs over his last 34 games, taking the American League lead with 44 RBIs. His fifth-inning homer also marked his 600th career extra-base hit. “I don’t like to talk about numbers, but I thank God for having me here and to do my work,” Ramírez said through an interpreter. “When I’m able to recognize those pitches, it tells me I’m in a good position to connect.”

For the Mets, Jeff McNeil and Starling Marte each hit two-run homers, while Mark Vientos added a solo shot. Despite their efforts, the Mets have now lost eight of their last 11 games and sit a season-worst six games under .500 at 3-9 since May 10.

Nick Sandlin (4-0) earned the win by recording two outs in the fifth inning. Emmanuel Clase closed out the ninth for his MLB-leading 15th save in 18 opportunities, ending the game with a double play off Pete Alonso’s bat. Clase, pitching for the third consecutive day, lowered his ERA to 0.36. “When he comes in, all of us in the dugout know he is going to get a zero,” Fry said. “We’re having so much fun. I mean, the locker room is awesome. Everybody is just having a blast right now.”

The Mets never led but narrowed the gap to one run in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings. Marte’s homer off Scott Barlow in the eighth brought the Mets within one at 7-6.

New York’s Adrian Houser (0-4) allowed six runs over five innings, including both of Ramírez’s extra-base hits, bringing his ERA to 8.55 across seven starts. “I thought he pitched better than the line score,” Mets manager Carlos Mendoza commented. “That pitch Ramírez got was above the zone. He just went and got it.”

Cleveland utilized six relievers after Xzavion Curry was called up from Triple-A Columbus, and lasted 4 1/3 innings. Originally, Carlos Carrasco was set to start but was placed on the 15-day injured list due to an acute neck spasm.

Fry’s homer came off Jake Diekman, who displayed his frustration by throwing a cooler upon reaching the dugout. Marte also showed his frustration after misplaying a ball in right field, which Mendoza addressed.

The Mets reduced the deficit to 3-2 in the fifth on Vientos’ 430-foot homer and Francisco Lindor’s RBI single. Lindor, a former Cleveland shortstop, went 1 for 5 and is currently in a 4-for-37 slump.

Johnathan Rodriguez, making his major league debut for Cleveland, went 0 for 4.


Jose Quintana (1-4, 5.21 ERA) takes on Guardians RHP Triston McKenzie
(2-3, 3.23) in the three-game series finale. Quintana has a 1.13 ERA
over 63 1/3 innings at Progressive Field, the second-lowest mark among
pitchers with at least 50 innings.


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