Game Recap 5/29/23 | Guardians Win 5-0 at Orioles

May 29, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things Guardians’ 5-0 victory over the Orioles:

1 – Seven strong 

Logan Allen was wonderful today getting his second MLB victory going seven strong and striking out 10.  After today, Allen not being in the rotation the entire season seems unlikely, even with Aaron Civale and Triston McKenzie returning. 

2 – Bounce back 

Will Brennan’s last at-bat on Sunday was one to forget, having a pitch clock violation, a bad second swing, and finally hitting into a double-play to end the inning.  Brennan bounced back today going 3 for 4 scoring two runs. 

3 – Big 7th inning 

The 7th inning was the big inning today for Cleveland scoring four runs.  The key at-bat was by Cam Gallagher who came into the at-bat only hitting.093, got a single to score the first run of the inning, and was followed by an RBI double by Steven Kwan and a fielder’s choice by Amed Rosario that scored two, breaking the game open. 

Game Summary

In a remarkable performance, Logan Allen delivered seven brilliant innings, allowing only three hits, as the Cleveland Guardians triumphed over the Baltimore Orioles with a commanding 5-0 victory on Monday.

Contributing to the Guardians’ success, Will Brennan displayed his prowess with three hits. The team has now secured three victories out of their last four games. On the other hand, the Orioles find themselves in a position where they must win their next two games against Cleveland just to achieve a .500 record for their six-game homestand, following an impressive 5-1 record on their recent trip to face the Blue Jays and Yankees.

Allen (2-2) showcased his talent by striking out a career-high 10 batters in his seventh appearance in the major leagues. The rookie southpaw also set personal records for innings pitched and fewest hits allowed, making this his first scoreless outing.

Remarkably, Allen becomes only the second pitcher in franchise history to achieve eight-plus strikeouts in at least three of his first seven career games. Herb Score accomplished this feat in five of his initial seven games.

Enyel De Los Santos and Trevor Stephan combined to complete the five-hit shutout, marking Cleveland’s fifth shutout victory this season. Unfortunately for Baltimore, they have been shut out four times, all in the month of May.

Tyler Wells (3-2) demonstrated his skill on the mound, conceding only one run and four hits over six innings, striking out seven without issuing a walk. However, as soon as Wells left the game, the Orioles’ fortunes took a turn for the worse. With the Guardians holding a narrow 1-0 lead, Myles Straw reached base on an infield chopper in the seventh inning, and the subsequent three batters – Brennan, Cam Gallagher, and Steven Kwan – all found holes in the defense with ground balls.

Gallagher’s single drove in a run, while Kwan’s well-placed grounder to the right of second base resulted in a double, extending the lead to 3-0. Amed Rosario hit a ground ball to second baseman Adam Frazier, but Frazier’s throw home was errant, eluding catcher James McCann and allowing two more runs to score. Frazier was charged with an error for the play.

The scoring began in the fifth inning when Gallagher contributed with a sacrifice fly, providing the Guardians with their first run of the game.

Up Next

Tuesday 5/30 7:05 PM EST – Game 2 at Baltimore Orioles.

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