Game Recap 7/14/23 | Guardians Lose 12-4 to Rangers

July 14, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians Loss to Texas Rangers

1 – Naylor Brothers

History was made in the third inning as Bo Naylor hit a 2-run bomb and then later in the inning, his brother Josh Naylor hit a 2-run dinger as well making it the first time ever in Cleveland baseball history that two brothers hit a home run in the same game, let alone the same inning.  

2 – Civale short start 

Cleveland starter Aaron Civale pitched well only giving up two earned with five hits, but Civale only went five innings making 79 pitches.  There’s no injury as the decision was made by Manager Terry Francona to pull Civale

3 – Bullpen Blues 

Civale handed a 4-2 lead to the Guardians bullpen in the bottom of 6th and that’s when the wheels came off fast for the Guards:

Eli Morgan started the 6th and promptly walked the first batter on four straight balls. After a flyout, he gave up back-to-back singles scoring a run and making it 4-3.  Morgan came out and was relieved by Nick Sandlin.  Sandlin, after a hit-by-pitch, did get the final two outs.

Sam Hentges started the bottom of the 7th, and deja vu, Hentges like Morgan, walked the first batter on four pitches, and the next batter doubled to tie the game at 4.  Hentges gave up a single to the next batter and was relieved after facing three, getting nobody out.  UGH

The next victim, Enyel De Los Santos came in for Hentgesand it did not go well. De Los Santos gave up a single to give up the lead and after a strikeout gave up a double that scored two more making it 7-4 Texas.  That officially closed the book on Hentges giving up three earned while getting nobody out, his ERA jumped to 5.40.  

De Los Santos, after a second strikeout, gave up a single making it 8-4, but was saved from more damage after a Ranger was thrown out at home to mercifully end the 7th.

Cody Morris came in the bottom of the 8th, and Texas hit three bombs to make it 12-4. 

Grand total for the bullpen, ten earned runs on twelve hits while getting nine outs.  Face Planting performance indeed.

Game Summary

In a Friday night showdown, the Texas Rangers showcased their power with standout performances from Jonah Heim, Corey Seager, and Adolis Garcia. The Rangers staged a remarkable comeback, securing a resounding 12-4 victory over the Cleveland Guardians, who received a historic display of home runs from Bo and Josh Naylor.

The Naylor brothers etched their names in the annals of Major League Baseball as the first siblings to hit multi-run homers in the same inning for the same team. In the third inning, each brother launched a two-run shot, propelling the Guardians to a 4-0 lead. However, this would prove to be the sole highlight for Cleveland throughout the game.

Nathaniel Lowe delivered an exceptional performance, going 4-for-4, including a home run in the fourth inning. The Rangers capitalized on their offensive prowess, scoring two runs in the fourth inning, one in the sixth, five in the seventh, and four in the eighth.

Jonah Heim, with a 3-for-5 performance, fell just shy of hitting for the cycle. Adolis Garcia, the American League’s leader in RBI with 75, contributed three RBIs and scored three runs on his 3-for-5 night, including his 24th home run.

Bo Naylor wasted no time, crushing a 1-0 changeup from Rangers’ starter Jon Gray an estimated 435 feet to right field, providing an early spark for the Guardians in the third inning. Four batters later, Josh Naylor took a 3-1 slider from Gray down the right-field line, with the ball barely staying fair, extending Cleveland’s lead to 4-0.

The tide turned in the seventh inning when the Rangers mounted a comeback. Corey Seager’s double off Sam Hentges (1-1) leveled the game at 4-4. Adolis Garcia followed with an RBI single, Jonah Heim added a two-run double, and Leody Taveras contributed a run-scoring single.

In the seventh inning, Brock Burke (3-2), the first of three Rangers relievers, managed to escape a bases-loaded jam unscathed.

The eighth inning witnessed a power surge from the Rangers as Corey Seager, Adolis Garcia, and Jonah Heim all hit home runs off Cody Morris.

Cleveland’s starting pitcher, Aaron Civale, exited the game after five innings with a 4-0 lead, having conceded two runs on five hits. Civale threw 79 pitches before being relieved.


Shane Bieber won’t make his scheduled start on Monday because of forearm irritation, manager Terry Francona said. Bieber had an MRI on Friday and was scheduled to visit Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers’ orthopedist, on Saturday.

Up Next

Saturday 7/15 4:05 PM EST – Game 2 of 3 at Texas Rangers

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