Game Recap 7/1/23 | Guardians Win 6-0 vs. Cubs

July 2, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians Win 6-0 Over Chicago Cubs:

1 – Two out magic

Cleveland did all the damage on offense with two outs, all on singles scoring six runs. It all started in the 3rd inning with Amed Rosario’s single scoring two giving the Guardians an early lead.  And then in the top of the 6th, with two outs, three consecutive singles by Andres Gimenez, Will Brennan, and Myles Straw plated the other four runs.  Straw’s single was misplayed by centerfielder Cody Bellinger plating both Gimenez and Brennan.

2 – Brilliant Bibee

Tanner Bibee continues his hot streak, winning his third in a row throwing 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball along with nine strikeouts. 

3 – Kwan bounces back

In the bottom of the 2nd, Steven Kwan and Straw had a miscommunication allowing a Bellinger pop fly to drop for a double, but Bibee was able to get out of the inning unscathed.  The very next inning, Kwan ripped a double with two outs setting up Rosario to plate the first two runs with his single.  Props to Kwan for bouncing back.

Game Summary

The Cleveland Guardians dominated the Chicago Cubs with a 6-0 victory on Saturday night as rookie Tanner Bibee and three relievers combined for a five-hit shutout. The game was initially delayed for 2 hours and 45 minutes due to rain.

Bibee (5-2) outperformed Marcus Stroman by throwing three-hit ball into the sixth inning. Amed Rosario’s two-run single in the third gave the Guardians an early lead. In the sixth inning, Andrés Giménez’s RBI single ended Stroman’s night, and the Guardians added three more runs to their tally. This strong performance came after the Guardians suffered a heavy 10-1 defeat the previous night. Meanwhile, the Cubs struggled with their fifth consecutive loss, matching their season high losing streak after previously winning 11 out of 13 games.

Bibee pitched 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine batters while allowing only two walks. He threw 96 pitches with an impressive 63 strikes, extending his record to 4-1 in his last five starts. Sam Hentges, Nick Sandlin, and Eli Morgan combined their efforts to complete Cleveland’s seventh shutout of the season.

On the other hand, Stroman (9-6) endured his second consecutive defeat after a seven-game winning streak. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs and five hits. Despite a strong start, reminiscent of his previous loss to St. Louis in London, where he allowed six runs and exited due to a blister on his right index finger, Stroman couldn’t maintain his form.

The Guardians took control in the third inning when Bo Naylor walked, followed by Steven Kwan’s double deflected by first baseman Jared Young. Rosario capitalized on the opportunity, driving them in with a line-drive single to center field.

The game’s outcome was sealed in the sixth inning as José Ramírez led off with a single, scoring on Giménez’s hit. Will Brennan greeted Julian Merryweather with an RBI single, and two additional runs crossed the plate when Myles Straw singled and Cody Bellinger let the ball get past him in center field, extending the Guardians’ lead to 6-0.

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Saturday 7/2 2:20 PM EST – Series Finale at Cubs

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