Game Recap 6/1/23 | Guardians 7-6 loss at Twins

June 1, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things Guardians’ 7-6 Loss to the Twins:

1 – 8th inning implosion 

Trevor Stephan gives up three runs blowing his 4th game in 2023.  Eli Morgan followed that up in the 9th by giving up a sacrifice fly walk-off with the bases loaded to end the game.  Both Stephan and Morgan allowed the lead-off hitter to get on, which is usually what causes troubles late in the game. 

2 – Bibee only goes 5

Tanner Bibee pitched ok tonight, but the Guardians needed length, and he was only able to go five innings.  Going only five, especially after Quantrill and Bieber could not get to the 5th inning in the last two starts, caused another stressful night for the bullpen. 

3 – Offense another solid night 

Cleveland did have another solid night with multiple contributors on offense as the Guards went 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position. 

Game Summary

In an unfortunate turn of events, the Cleveland Guardians suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 defeat against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Despite a valiant effort by the team, highlighted by Mike Zunino’s two-run single and the offensive contributions of Gabriel Arias and Will Brennan, the Guardians were unable to hold onto their lead.

Tanner Bibee, the promising rookie pitcher, displayed his skills once again, but unfortunately, he remained winless in his first six starts since his major league debut in April. It’s clear that Bibee has the potential to excel, and his continued development is something to look forward to as a Guardians fan.

The game seemed to be going in our favor after the Guardians rallied in the sixth inning, with Myles Straw drawing a crucial walk and our offense erupting for five runs. However, the Twins fought back, and despite our best efforts, the lead slipped away.

Our team’s lineup showed signs of life, especially after a recent 12-8 victory over Baltimore. Arias and Brennan were instrumental in sparking our offense, injecting some much-needed energy into the game.

Unfortunately, injuries plagued our hopes of securing a win. Losing Carlos Correa, who aggravated his plantar fasciitis, and Byron Buxton, who was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game, undoubtedly affected our performance.

Despite the disappointment, there were some bright moments for the Guardians. The defense made some impressive plays, and the team showcased resilience throughout the game. We’ll continue to support our Guardians and eagerly await their next opportunity to shine.

As passionate Guardians fans, it’s important to remember that the season is filled with ups and downs. While this loss hurts like hell, we know that our team has the talent and determination to bounce back stronger than ever. Hate losing this game like this, on to tomorrow!

Up Next

Friday 6/2 8:10 PM EST – Game 2 at Minnesota Twins.

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