Game Recap 6/9/24 | Guardians Beat The Marlins 6-3

June 9, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – Freeman Bomb!

Tyler Freeman’s three-run bomb was the difference, breaking up a tie game at two in the top of the 7th inning.   

2 – Guardians lineup

Everybody in the Cleveland lineup got on base today, and Josh Naylor and Daniel Schneemann getting on with walks.  

3 – Cookie

Carlos Carrasco pitched four 2/3 innings, making 55 pitches on Sunday, and giving up two runs. The bullpen saved the day once again, going 4 1/3 innings and giving up only one hit, a home run from Emmanuel Clase in the 9th. 

Game Summary

Tyler Freeman broke a tie with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Cleveland Guardians to a 6-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

Gabriel Arias also homered, and José Ramirez doubled, driving in his league-leading 62nd run for the AL Central-leading Guardians, who improved to 42-22 and won the series.

Brayan Rocchio and Steven Kwan singled with one out before Freeman hit his sixth homer off reliever A.J. Puk (0-7), giving the Guardians a 5-2 lead.

“It feels great, knowing that you got it,” Freeman said. “There’s no better feeling than that. I was able to get the ball up and it went out.”

Nick Sandlin (5-0) earned the win, pitching the sixth inning. He was part of a five-man bullpen effort that retired 13 consecutive batters before Jake Burger homered off closer Emmanuel Clase with two outs in the ninth.

“With a game like today, and we have an off day tomorrow, we had our full bullpen ready to go,” Guardians manager Stephen Vogt said. “Man, they were special today.”

The Marlins have lost six of their last seven games, falling to an NL-worst 22-43.

“There’s a reason why they’re 20 games over .500 or whatever it is,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said of the Guardians. “They play really good defense, they strike people out, and they get the timely hits. The slug is there when they need it. They’re a really tough team to face. A well-constructed roster.”

Nick Gordon’s RBI single off Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie.

The Guardians tied it again in the sixth with David Fry’s single against reliever Andrew Nardi.

Carrasco pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three. The veteran right-hander understood why Vogt removed him after 55 pitches.

“I respect any decision he makes,” Carrasco said. “I think the most important thing is winning games. It doesn’t matter if I go there one, two, three, four innings. I just want to go out there and give my best.”

Marlins starter Trevor Rogers gave up one run on two hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out five.

Arias’ solo shot in the second gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead, driving Rogers’ sinker over the wall in right-center for his second homer of the season.

“It all started in our hitters’ meeting and learning what approach to take against (Rogers),” Arias said in Spanish. “That was the pitch I was looking for on the outer areas of the plate.”

Retired pitcher Dontrelle Willis threw the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Willis debuted with the Marlins’ 2003 World Series championship team and made an immediate impact, winning NL Rookie of the Year. The left-hander also finished second for the NL Cy Young Award in 2005 with a 22-10 record and a 2.63 ERA.


Guardians: Catcher Bo Naylor (left shoulder soreness) sat out the series. Naylor first experienced discomfort after a collision at the plate with Kansas City’s MJ Melendez on Thursday.


RHP Triston McKenzie (2-3, 4.16 ERA) starts the opener of a two-game road set at Cincinnati on Tuesday..


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