Game Recap 6/15/23 | Guardians Win 8-6 at Padres

June 16, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians’ win over Padres:

1 – Fry…Fry…Fry

David Fry had a career day behind the plate.  Fry hit a big 3-run home run in the first inning to put the Guards ahead 5-0 and later in the 8th inning almost hit a second home run settling for a double, later scoring to make it 8-6.   And defensively, Fry had a clean game and picked off Juan Soto, ending the Padres rally in the 6th.  

2 – Bullpen stability  

Cleveland starter Logan Allen struggled only going three innings while giving up five earned, but the bullpen saved the day.  Using five different relievers, the Guardians bullpen was able to hold the lead and only gave up one earned run. 

3 – 14 game hitting streak 

Newly engaged Josh Naylor has extended his MLB-leading hitting streak to 14 games.  Naylor has crept his average now to .289 and is 6th in MLB in RBIs with 50. 

Game Summary

On Thursday, the Cleveland Guardians emerged victorious against the San Diego Padres with an 8-6 score. David Fry made a memorable impact by hitting his first major league home run, a three-run shot. José Ramírez had an impressive performance, delivering three hits and two RBIs. The Guardians showcased their offensive prowess with a total of 14 hits, including a double from Fry and three hits from Amed Rosario.

Although Manny Machado launched a three-run homer for the Padres in the first inning, they struggled to recover from an early 5-0 deficit. The Padres, who had recently won five out of six games, were aiming for their first three-game sweep of the season.

Both teams relied on their bullpen as the starting pitchers were replaced early in the game. Trevor Stephan secured the win for the Guardians with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief (3-2). Emmanuel Clase played a crucial role in the victory, recording four outs and earning his 21st save of the season, the most in the majors.

Cleveland got off to a strong start by scoring five runs in the first inning against the Padres’ struggling starter, Ryan Weathers (1-5). Weathers lasted just 1 2/3 innings, surrendering six runs and seven hits. Naylor’s two-run single and Fry’s homer were the key hits against him.

Logan Allen took over on the mound for the Guardians and allowed Machado’s home run in the bottom half of the first, reducing the lead to 5-3. Allen pitched for three innings, giving up five runs, four hits, and four walks.

After the Padres narrowed the gap to 6-5 in the third inning, Ramírez contributed to the Guardians’ lead by driving in a run with an infield single in the fourth inning.

In the fifth inning, Trent Grisham’s RBI double brought the Padres closer at 7-6, but Fry crossed the plate on Andrés Giménez’s single in the eighth inning, extending the Guardians’ lead.

Fernando Tatis Jr. once again displayed his defensive prowess with a remarkable leaping catch against the right field wall, robbing Josh Bell of the Guardians of extra bases in the fourth inning. In the Padres’ previous win on Wednesday night, Tatis made a diving catch and had an outfield assist, further showcasing his exceptional fielding abilities.

Up Next

Friday 6/16 9:40 PM EST – Game 1 of 3 at Diamondbacks

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