Game Recap 6/28/23 | Guardians Win 14-1 vs. Royals

June 28, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians’ 14-1 win over Kansas City Royals:

1 – JRAM Slam 

On a night when the Guardians offense went off, it all started with a Jose Ramirez grand slam in the 3rd inning, the first grand slam of the year for Cleveland, putting the Guards up 4-0.  JRAM was 2 for 3 on the night with 5 RBIs.  It was also the grand slam inning and Matt Garkin from Toledo won a brand new Ford Bronco Sport, congrats Matt!

2 – Bo’s home run

It was also a career night for Bo Naylor as he hit his first home run in the big leagues and went 3 for 4 on the night with 2 RBIs.

3 – Big 6th inning 

The 6th inning was when the game broke open for the Guards as the first seven batters for Cleveland got on safely.  Big highlights from the inning were Bo Naylor’s two-run home run, Amed Rosario’s RBI triple, and back-to-back doubles by Josh Naylor and Josh Bell.  

Game Summary

In a game between the Cleveland Guardians and the Kansas City Royals, the Guardians emerged victorious with a resounding 14-1 win on Wednesday night. Despite having a losing record, the Guardians moved into first place in the AL Central thanks to their strong performance.

José Ramírez played a pivotal role in the victory, hitting his fifth career grand slam. He connected with a first-pitch cutter from Austin Cox in the third inning, driving the ball into the left-field bullpen. Ramírez’s grand slam marked his 13th home run of the season. He continued to contribute offensively, adding an RBI double in the seventh inning. Over his last 18 games, Ramírez has been on a hot streak, hitting .411 with 14 extra-base hits.

Josh Bell also made a significant impact with a two-run blast, launching a massive 464-foot shot into the right-field fountains. This home run extended the Guardians’ lead to 6-0 in the fifth inning. Bell later hit a two-run double in the sixth inning as the Guardians batted around against James McArthur, who was making his major league debut.

Unfortunately for the Royals, their struggles continued as they lost their 10th out of the last 12 series. The Guardians’ offensive onslaught was too much for the Royals’ pitching staff to handle. Cox, making his first major league start, saw his impressive 12 1/3 scoreless relief innings streak come to an end as he allowed four runs on four hits, walked four, and struck out two over 3 2/3 innings.

Cleveland played the game without manager Terry Francona, who was hospitalized overnight due to feeling lightheaded before Tuesday’s game. Despite his absence, the Guardians were able to rally and secure the win.

Bo Naylor, a young player for the Guardians, had a memorable game as he hit his first major league home run, a two-run line drive to left-center during a seven-run sixth inning. Naylor also achieved a career-high three hits in the game.

Nick Sandlin, the first of four Guardians relievers, earned the win by pitching four outs. Starting pitcher Logan Allen managed to work out of several jams, allowing only six baserunners over 3 2/3 innings.

The Guardians’ victory allowed them to surpass the Minnesota Twins in the division standings, with a record of 39-40, while the Royals continue to struggle, losing 10 of their last 12 series. In a notable moment, Royals first baseman Matt Duffy pitched a scoreless ninth inning, showcasing his versatility despite the team’s loss.

Up Next

Thursday 6/29 2:10 PM EST – Series Finale at Royals

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