Game Recap 5/24/23 | Guardians Lose 6-0 vs White Sox

May 24, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things Guardians 6-0 loss to Chicago White Sox:

1 – 4 hits 

Well, the Guardians wanted to make sure everybody had plenty of time for Memorial Day travel plans only getting 4 hits making the game practically two hours long.  Andres Gimenez gets the Believe in the Land golden bat of the award for the day for getting two hits, and promptly on his last single tried to make it a double and was thrown out.  Curse that bat!

2 – Cal Quantrill 

Cal Quantrill struggled in the 4th inning with the main issue being walks, he gave up two walks with a single in between to start the inning and that was his downfall.  Chicago maximized the opportunity by blowing the game open scoring five. 

3 – Bullpen strong

On the one positive note in the series, the bullpen did perform well in all three games and today pitched 5 strong without giving up a hit. 

Game Summary

In a dominant performance, Michael Kopech led the Chicago White Sox to a 6-0 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday. Kopech recorded nine strikeouts and surrendered only two hits in seven innings of play. He continued his impressive form from his previous start, where he retired the first 16 batters against the Kansas City Royals. Kopech maintained a shutout streak of 15 innings across his last two outings, allowing only one baserunner in this game, a single by Josh Naylor in the fifth inning. With just one player reaching scoring position, the Guardians struggled to generate offense and were shut out for the sixth time this season. The only other hit against Kopech came from Andrés Giménez. Kopech has been exceptional in his recent performances, limiting both the Royals and the Guardians to a combined three singles while striking out a total of 19 batters.

The offensive highlight for the White Sox came in the fourth inning when Romy González hit a two-run double into the right-field corner, contributing to a five-run rally against Guardians’ starter Cal Quantrill (2-3). Jake Burger and Seby Zavala added sacrifice flies during the inning, extending the White Sox lead to six runs.

Reynaldo López and Jimmy Lambert combined for a four-hit shutout to finish the game for the White Sox. With this victory, the White Sox have improved to a 7-2 record since reaching a season-low of 14 games below .500 on May 14. They secured their third consecutive series win by taking two out of three games against the Guardians.

Quantrill, who had previously maintained an undefeated 14-0 record at Progressive Field, suffered his third loss in four home starts this year. He pitched four innings, allowing a season-high of six earned runs, including one on a wild pitch.

For the Guardians, Giménez provided a pair of hits but was thrown out while attempting to advance. The Guardians have struggled recently, now standing at a 12-22 record after starting the season with a promising 9-6 record. The defending AL Central champions have lost six of their eight home series.

The scoring began in the third inning when Tim Anderson singled to bring home Clint Frazier, who had a productive game with two runs scored, a single, and a stolen base.

Up Next

Friday 5/26 – Game 1 vs St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 PM EST.

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