Game Recap 6/3/23 | Guardians Win 4-2 at Twins

June 3, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians’ 4-2 Win over Twins:

1 – 7th inning magic 

Cleveland was down 2-1 heading into the 7th inning as Gabriel Arias led off the inning with a single and Will Brennan followed that up with a home run to give the Guards the lead. James Karinchak came in the bottom of the 7th to relieve Logan Allen and had a 1, 2, 3 appearance while striking out the last two batters. 

2 – Grinding it out

Logan Allen did not have his best stuff tonight, but was able to scatter seven hits and got his third win of the season.  Quite the week for Allen winning two starts on the road.  Victorious in Baltimore and Minnesota. 

3 – Clase is back in session 

Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase looked great tonight having a clean 1, 2, 3 9th and getting his 18th save on the season.  Clase has appeared three times this week while giving up no runs.  Clase is looking like the 2022 version, a great sign for the Guards. 

Game Summary

In the seventh inning of Saturday night’s game, Will Brennan hit the first home run allowed this season by Sonny Gray. Logan Allen delivered a strong performance on the mound, pitching six solid innings for the Cleveland Guardians, leading them to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Brennan played a crucial role in the win, driving in three runs, while Andrés Giménez and Gabriel Arias consistently reached base in front of him. Steven Kwan added a solo home run in the ninth inning to further bolster Cleveland’s lead. Prior to this victory, the Guardians had suffered three losses in their last four games, including the first two games of the series against the Twins.

Starting pitcher Allen (3-2) allowed a leadoff home run to Jorge Polanco in the first inning but quickly found his rhythm and settled in. He gave up a total of seven hits and two runs throughout the game. It is worth noting that Allen, a 24-year-old left-hander, has yet to surrender more than three earned runs in any of his first eight starts in the major leagues.

The bullpen trio of James Karinchak, Enyel De Los Santos, and Emmanuel Clase each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, allowing only one hit collectively. Clase, in particular, earned his MLB-leading 18th save of the season.

On the other side, Sonny Gray (4-1), who entered the game with an impressive 1.94 ERA, struggled against the Guardians’ lineup. He gave up a season-high 10 hits and three runs, including the pivotal home run hit by Brennan. Gray had been the only pitcher in the majors with enough qualifying innings to not allow a home run this season, making his performance even more remarkable. He became the fifth pitcher since 1995 to complete his first 11 starts of the year without allowing a home run, but his streak came to an end in this game. As a result, Gray’s ERA increased to 2.15.

In the Guardians’ training room, shortstop Amed Rosario was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning due to left knee soreness. Tyler Freeman took over at shortstop as his replacement. Additionally, the team made some roster moves, selecting the contract of right-handed pitcher Michael Kelly from Triple-A Columbus and optioning Hunter Gaddis, another right-handed pitcher, to Triple-A. Furthermore, Peyton Battenfield, who was dealing with right shoulder inflammation, was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day injured list.

Up Next

Saturday 6/4 2:10 PM EST – Series Finale at Minnesota Twins.

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