Game Recap 5/30/23 | Guardians Lose 8-5 at Orioles

May 30, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things Guardians’ 8-5 Loss to the Orioles:

1 – Hit hard 

Cal Quantrill’s struggles continue as he gave up 8 runs in only 4 1/3 and had a 5-run 2nd inning that put the game away very early.  With Triston McKenzie close to coming back, one has to wonder how Quantrill is going to be in the starting rotation once McKenzie is ready. 

2 – Good to see 

In the loss, multiple Guardian players had good moments:

Andres Gimenez had multiple hits, including a ripping RBI double off the right-field wall in the 6th inning.

James Karinchak pitched a one, two, three 6th inning with no issues, even in a low-pressure situation. Great to see that from Karinchak.

Outside of the misplayed ball by Will Brennan, Emmanuel Clase had a relatively easy 8th inning. 

3 – Right field adventures 

Will Brennan, who did have a good night at the plate, going 2 for 4, struggled in right field, having multiple balls go above his head for hits.  Brennan is starting to get hot behind the plate but has to tighten up his glove to be playing every day in right. 

Game Summary

In Tuesday night’s game, Anthony Santander showcased his hitting prowess for the Baltimore Orioles, propelling them to an 8-5 victory over the Cleveland Guardians. During the Orioles’ explosive second inning, Santander delivered a bases-clearing triple, contributing to their five-run rally. He continued to excel with a pair of doubles later in the game. Kyle Gibson, the Orioles’ pitcher, secured his third consecutive win, allowing three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Despite Baltimore’s commanding 8-1 lead entering the sixth inning, they relied on their top relievers to seal the victory.

As the seventh inning unfolded, the Guardians managed to narrow the gap to 8-5, with the tying run at bat. Yennier Cano, the Orioles’ reliever, stepped up and recorded the crucial third out, but he encountered some trouble in the eighth inning, allowing two consecutive singles and once again putting the tying run in jeopardy. However, the Guardians failed to capitalize on this opportunity.

In the ninth inning, Félix Bautista took the mound and pitched flawlessly, securing his 14th save in 18 chances for the Orioles. The game started with Baltimore taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning due to a misplay by the Guardians’ right fielder, Will Brennan, who misjudged Gunnar Henderson’s two-out line drive. Brennan’s struggles continued in the second inning, as Adley Rutschman drew a bases-loaded walk to extend Baltimore’s lead to 3-0. Santander then delivered a powerful hit down the right-field line, driving in three runs with a double. Brennan mishandled the ball, allowing Santander to reach third base, and he eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Austin Hays.

Cleveland fought back in the game, with Josh Bell hitting an RBI single in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, Santander doubled and crossed the plate on Henderson’s single, forcing the Guardians to replace their starting pitcher, Cal Quantrill. Bell added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, followed by an RBI double from Andrés Giménez. In the seventh inning, Josh Naylor’s two-run single brought the score to 8-5 in favor of Baltimore.

The Orioles had a chance to extend their lead in the seventh inning, loading the bases with no outs. However, Henderson grounded into a 4-2-3 double play, stifling Baltimore’s scoring opportunity.

Up Next

Wednesday 5/31 3:05 PM EST – Game 3 at Baltimore Orioles.

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