Game Recap 6/9/23 | Guardians Winner 10-9 vs Astros

June 10, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians’ 10-9 win in 14 Innings over Astros:

1 – 14th walk-off!

The Guardians kept fighting tonight, tying the game five different times including Tyler Freeman’s double in the 14th to tie it at 9, and Will Brennan finished it off with a walk-off double two batters later to win it. 

2 – Kwan 13th inning magic 

Steven Kwan had a fantastic diving catch in the top 13th to save two runs and keep the game at 8-7.  In the bottom of the 13th after a Myles Straw strikeout to lead off the inning, Kwan got a huge double to tie the game at 8. 

2 – Jose Jose Jose and Naylor 

Another big night for Jose Ramirez as he went3 for 4 including 3 walks, and a home run in the 7th to tie the game at 5.  Also another big night for Josh Naylor with two more hits including a game-tying double in the 9th to push the game into extra innings.

Game Summary

In the 14th inning, Will Brennan hit a double to bring home Tyler Freeman, immediately following Freeman’s RBI double, securing a 10-9 victory for the Cleveland Guardians over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

The Guardians faced an early deficit of 4-0 in the second inning and did not take the lead until Brennan’s game-ending hit. Throughout the game, Cleveland managed to tie the score at 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, and 8-8, but Houston consistently regained the lead by one run each time.

In the 14th inning, the Astros went ahead 9-8 when Kyle Tucker singled in automatic runner Jose Altuve, marking the second time Tucker brought Altuve home in three innings. Josh Naylor also scored twice in extra innings, including the tying run in the 14th, after starting the inning on second base.

Xzavion Curry (3-0) pitched one inning for the Guardians, who played their league-leading 30th one-run game. Seth Martinez (1-2) worked the final 3 1/3 innings for the Astros. The game lasted 4 hours and 3 minutes, making it the longest game of the season for both teams.

In the 13th inning, Steven Kwan singled to bring home David Fry, giving Cleveland the lead after Mauricio Dubón’s double had put the Astros ahead 8-7 in the top half.

Both teams scored in the 12th inning, with Houston taking a 7-6 lead on Tucker’s RBI single that brought Altuve home, and Cleveland extending the game when Naylor scored on a throwing error by shortstop Jeremy Peña.

In the eighth inning, rookie Yainer Diaz gave Houston a 6-5 lead with a sacrifice fly, but Naylor’s two-out, two-strike double off the left-field wall in the ninth scored José Ramírez against Astros closer Ryan Pressly.

Cleveland found themselves trailing 5-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning but managed to score three runs against Astros starter Cristian Javier. Ramírez’s solo home run in the seventh tied the game at 5-5, giving him four home runs in a span of two games.

Before the game, Yordan Alvarez, who leads the majors with 55 RBI, was placed on the 10-day injured list due to right oblique discomfort. The 25-year-old outfielder was injured on Thursday and returned to Houston for further evaluation.

Peña had his second career four-hit game, and José Abreu hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Logan Allen. It was Abreu’s second home run since May 28, when he ended a 51-game homerless drought at the start of his first season with Houston.

Ramírez went 3 for 4 with two runs and three walks, following his three-homer performance the previous night. He became the first Cleveland player since Travis Hafner in 2004 to hit four home runs and five extra-base hits over a span of two games.

Javier, who had won five consecutive starts, allowed four runs over five innings, matching his season high. The right-hander recorded two strikeouts, his lowest total since 2021.

Trainers Room

RHP Cody Morris (right shoulder strain), who has been on the IL all season, will make two more rehab appearances for Triple-A Columbus before being activated. Manager Terry Francona said Morris will be used as a reliever in Cleveland.

Up Next

Saturday 6/10 6:10 PM EST – Game 2 vs Houston Astros.

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