Game Recap 6/7/23 | Guardians Win 5-2 vs Red Sox

June 7, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians’ 5-4 Win over Boston Red Sox:

1 – Naylor on fire 

Josh Naylor continues his current hot streak going 3-4 tonight with an RBI.   In his last seven games, Naylor is 11-22 with 10 RBIs.

2 – Boston errors 

The Red Sox had a horrid 4th inning making three errors that really turned the momentum of the game.  The Guards took advantage by taking the lead and never looking back. 

3 – Bullpen saves the day 

The Cleveland bullpen, which has been used a lot lately, was needed again to save the day going four innings strong while not giving up a run.   The strength of the bullpen allowed starter Tanner Bibee (2-1) to earn his second win in the big leagues.

Game Summary

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Guardians emerged victorious with a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox as Amed Rosario and Josh Naylor shined with three hits and an RBI each. Josh Bell continued his impressive streak by driving in a run for the sixth consecutive game.

The Guardians overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Rosario contributed two singles against Kutter Crawford (1-3) and then delivered an RBI double off Justin Garza. Meanwhile, Bell’s performance added two RBIs to his streak, bringing his total to eight since May 28. Naylor also had a stellar game with two singles and a double.

Rookie pitcher Tanner Bibee (2-1) secured his first victory at Progressive Field, pitching five innings and allowing only one earned run. The right-hander struck out two batters and gave up four hits in his eighth start since being called up from Triple-A Columbus. Emmanuel Clase closed the game with a hitless ninth inning, earning his MLB-best 20th save of the season.

The Red Sox struggled defensively, committing three errors in the fourth inning. Errors by first baseman Triston Casas, second baseman Enmanuel Valdéz, and third baseman Rafael Devers led to two unearned runs for Cleveland, giving them a 3-2 lead. Devers’ mishandling of Bell’s grounder allowed José Ramírez to score the go-ahead run. Prior to touching first base, Ramírez reached safely due to the errors committed by Casas and Valdéz.

Boston’s total number of errors for the season rose to 43, the highest in the American League, as they tied a season-high with three errors in this game. The Red Sox have been struggling lately, losing four out of their last five games and posting a record of 10-17 since May 7.

Kutter Crawford, who made his second start in five days for the Red Sox, pitched three innings and recorded three strikeouts. He was charged with three runs, one of which was earned.

In the first inning, the Red Sox took an early lead when Rafael Devers singled home Alex Verdugo. However, Cleveland quickly responded in the second inning with Josh Bell’s RBI single, tying the game. Devers was the only player from Boston with multiple hits.

To close the game, Red Sox left-hander Chris Murphy made his debut in the big leagues, impressively pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

Trainers Room

Guardians: RHP Cody Morris (right shoulder strain) allowed one run in three innings of a rehab start for Triple-A Columbus against Louisville on Tuesday. Morris has a 1.04 ERA over 8 1/3 innings with the Clippers and Double-A Akron.

Up Next

Thursday 6/8 7:10 PM EST – Game 3 vs Boston Red Sox.

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