Game Recap 6/13/23 | Guardians Lose 6-3 at Padres

June 14, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians’ 6-3 loss to Padres:

1 – Bibee BB

Cleveland starter Tanner Bibee struggled to find the strike zone early walking the first two batters of the game and Padres catcher Gary Sanchez made him pay with a 3-run 2-out bomb to put San Diego up 4-0 and never looked back.  Bibee went four innings giving up six earned. 

2 – San Diego hello 

Former Padre and now Cleveland Guardian DH/1st Josh Bell had a good night visiting his old club going 2 for 4 with a solo home run in the 6th.

3 – Rosario struggles 

Amed Rosario had a weird night as he walked in the 1st inning and then on a Josh Naylor at-bat, Naylor hits the ball that looks to get into the outfield for a single, but Rosario running from 1st to 2nd was unable to dodge the ball, hitting his legs and causing the third out of the inning.  Later Rosario had a hard time fielding what looked to be a tailor-made double-play ball, but not only could Rosario not turn two, but he was also unable to get the ball out of his glove for an out.  

Game Summary

In a Tuesday night showdown against the Cleveland Guardians, Gary Sánchez made a significant impact for the San Diego Padres by smashing a three-run home run. This marked his sixth homer since joining the team on May 30. The sell-out crowd witnessed the Padres secure a 6-3 victory.

Sánchez wasted no time, launching a first-inning blast that sailed into the first row of seats in left-center field. Juan Soto and Jake Cronenworth crossed home plate, courtesy of his powerful hit. This achievement marked the first time Sánchez had hit six home runs in just 12 games since June 12-25, 2021.

Fernando Tatis Jr., the talented right fielder, extended the Padres’ lead with a solo homer in the second inning, his thirteenth of the season. This shot boosted San Diego’s advantage to 4-0. Tatis also contributed to the team’s first run in the opening inning by scoring after a walk and a sacrifice fly to left field by Xander Bogaerts.

The Guardians managed to get on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning when designated hitter Josh Bell launched a solo homer.

Bogaerts continued to shine in the fifth inning, hitting an RBI double to deep right-center field that brought Manny Machado home from second base. This hit proved to be the breaking point for Guardians’ starter Tanner Bibee, who struggled with his command from the start. Bibee (2-2) endured a challenging outing, allowing six earned runs over four innings, walking two, and striking out three while surrendering eight hits.

In the fifth inning, the Guardians added another run through Steven Kwan’s RBI groundout, and in the sixth, third baseman José Ramírez scored on Tyler Freeman’s sacrifice fly, adding to their total.

The Padres’ starting pitcher, Joe Musgrove (4-2), held his ground despite surrendering three earned runs on seven hits over six innings. Musgrove recorded five strikeouts and issued only one walk.

The Padres’ bullpen stepped up to secure the win, with Steven Wilson and Nick Martinez pitching scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively. In the ninth inning, Josh Hader sealed the deal by striking out all three batters he faced, earning his 16th save of the season.

It’s worth noting that since May 1st, San Diego’s bullpen boasts the second-lowest earned run average (ERA) in Major League Baseball.

With this victory, the Padres have now emerged victorious in four of their last five games. The game against the Guardians marked their 23rd sellout of the season in 34 home dates, highlighting the strong support from the fans.

Trainers Room

Andres Gimenez returned Tuesday night for a pinch-hitting appearance following a left hamstring injury that occurred Sunday in Houston.

Up Next

Wednesday 6/14 9:40 PM EST – Game 2 of 3 at Padres.

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