Game Recap 6/18/23 | Guardians Win 12-3 at Diamondbacks

June 18, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians’ victory over Diamondbacks:

1 – Naylor Father’s Day special

Josh Naylor struggled his first two games in Arizona but went off today going 4 for 5 with 3 RBIs. Brother Bo Naylor is still looking for his first hit in 2023 going 0 for 4.

2 – Six run explosion

The Guardian’s big inning was the 4th as they scored six with a string of four straight RBI hits by Naylor, Andres Gimenez, Tyler Freeman, and Will Brennan.

3 – Bibee bounced back

Starter Tanner Bibee had a nice bounce-back game going five innings with three earned, and the bullpen did the rest going four shutout innings with Eli Morgan, Tim Herrin, and Daniel Norris.

Game Summary

In Sunday’s game, Josh Naylor was a standout player with four hits and three RBIs, leading the Cleveland Guardians to a 12-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Guardians dominated the series finale, establishing a commanding 11-1 lead by scoring two runs in the first, three runs in the second, and six runs in the fourth inning. Right-handed pitcher Tanner Bibee (3-2) pitched five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits while striking out six and walking three.

Cleveland’s offensive prowess was evident as they recorded a total of 16 hits, capitalizing on the struggles of D-backs starter Zach Davies, who has been struggling since returning from the injured list in late May. The Guardians wasted no time in the first inning, scoring two runs after leadoff batter Steven Kwan reached base on an error. José Ramírez drove Kwan home with a triple, followed by Josh Naylor’s double that brought Ramírez across the plate.

The action continued in the second inning with Steven Kwan hitting a two-run triple, scoring Will Brennan and Myles Straw. Amed Rosario’s sacrifice fly extended the Guardians’ lead to 5-0. Kwan had an impressive performance, scoring four times and driving in three runs. Straw, Brennan, Rosario, and Tyler Freeman all contributed with two hits each.

In the bottom of the second, Arizona’s Christian Walker managed to hit a solo home run, his second consecutive long ball in as many days, reducing the deficit to 5-1. However, the Guardians responded emphatically, adding six more runs in the fourth inning, with Andrés Giménez delivering a two-run triple.

Zach Davies (1-3), the Diamondbacks’ pitcher, endured a challenging outing, allowing a total of nine runs, including eight earned runs, in just 3 2/3 innings. He conceded nine hits, walked one batter, and struck out two. Davies currently holds a 7.11 ERA over seven starts this season.

Up Next

Tuesday 6/20 7:10 PM EST – Game 1 of 3 Game Series vs. Oakland A’s

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