Game Recap 5/22/23 | Guardians Win 3-0 vs White Sox

May 22, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things Guardians 3-0 win over Chicago White Sox:

1 – First MLB Win

Hunter Gaddis finally gets his first-ever MLB win, and he was very good tonight.  Gaddis went six strong with two hits, one walk, and 4 strikeouts. Could not have asked for more from the tall right-hander. 

2 – Zunino HR!

It was a long fly ball, deep to right field and gone! Mike Zunino, who has been struggling all of May, gets his second hit of the month with a 2-run home run in the 7th inning. Zunino also threw out a baserunner in the top of the first to get out of the inning. 

3 – Bullpen Strong

Finally, a bounce-back game for the bullpen as Trevor Stephan and Emmanuel Clase both got three up and three down in the 8th and 9th innings. Much needed after both had meltdowns with the Mets in the previous series. 

Game Summary

In an impressive display of pitching and clutch hitting, the Guardians claimed a much-needed victory against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Hunter Gaddis, recently called up from Triple-A Columbus, delivered a stellar performance on the mound, earning his first major league win. The Guardians’ struggling catcher, Mike Zunino, (YES ZUNINO) silenced his critics with a crucial two-run homer that sealed the deal for the Guardians.

Gaddis, determined to make an impact after the Guardians’ disappointing weekend series in New York, provided a spark of hope for his team. He showcased his skills, allowing a mere two hits over six innings. Supported by four relievers, the Guardians’ pitching staff combined for a remarkable three-hitter, effectively shutting down Chicago’s offense and putting an end to their three-game winning streak.

The Guardians’ offense found its rhythm in the seventh inning when Zunino, who had faced criticism for his lackluster hitting, stepped up to the plate. The free-agent signing connected with a pitch from Gregory Santos, blasting a two-run homer to right field. It was Zunino’s third home run of the season and his first since April 28. His timely hit scored rookie Gabriel Arias, who had previously drawn a walk.

To secure the victory, the Guardians relied on their bullpen to maintain the lead. Sam Hentges, Nick Sandlin, and Trevor Stephan combined for two scoreless innings, setting the stage for closer Emmanuel Clase. In the ninth inning, Clase showcased his dominance by retiring the White Sox batters in order, securing his 16th save of the season in 21 opportunities.

The Guardians didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. In the second inning, they capitalized on a wild pitch by the White Sox’s Jesse Scholtens, allowing a runner to score and giving the Guardians an early lead.

Following a disappointing series in New York, Guardians manager Terry Francona rallied his team with an inspirational meeting, emphasizing the importance of staying positive and persevering. Zunino took those words to heart, delivering a pivotal performance that proved instrumental in the Guardians’ victory.

With this win, the Guardians regained their confidence and ended their losing streak, hoping to carry the momentum into future games as they strive to climb in the standings.

Up Next

Tuesday – Game 2 vs White Sox at 6:10 PM EST.

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