Game Recap 7/16/23 | Guardians Lose 6-5 to Rangers

July 16, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians Loss to Texas Rangers

1 – Trevor’s Tailspin

With Cleveland up 5-2 heading into the bottom of the 8th, the Guardians had an opportunity to salvage the series with a win on Sunday, and having good vibes heading to Pittsburgh.  And then Trevor Stephan had another late-inning meltdown.

Stephan did get the lead-off man out, but after that had consecutive walks that brought up Nathaniel Lowe.  Lowe ripped a single to left center, 5-3 Guardians.  The next batter, Adolis Garcia, hammered a pitch to deep left, over Steven Kwan for a double, and another run scored to make it 5-4.  Josh Jung completed the comeback hitting the very next pitch for a single, scoring both runs.

Stephan’s 6th blown save of the season was a gut punch.  He got one out while giving up three hits, two walks, and four earned runs. 

2 – Battling Bibee 

Tanner Bibee did not have his best stuff but was able to gut out six innings while only giving up two earned.  

3 – Kwan and Fry 

Steven Kwan was wonderful on Sunday, he led off the game with a home run and ended up going four for five with three RBIs and the home run.  David Fry also had a big contribution going two for three with a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th. 

Game Summary

In a thrilling comeback, the Texas Rangers, currently leading the AL West, orchestrated a four-run eighth inning to sweep the Cleveland Guardians with a 6-5 victory on Sunday, concluding their three-game series.

During the pivotal eighth inning, all four runs were scored off Trevor Stephan (4-4), who allowed Marcus Semien and Corey Seager to walk with one out. This set the stage for Nathaniel Lowe’s RBI single, followed by an RBI double from Adolis Garcia and a single from Josh Jung to drive in additional runs.

Closing out the game, Will Smith delivered a scoreless ninth inning, securing his 16th save in 18 opportunities. Prior to Smith’s stellar performance, Cody Bradford (2-1) had pitched three innings.

This notable win marks the Rangers’ first three-game winning streak since June 17-19, and their first series sweep since June 2-4 against the Seattle Mariners.

On the other side, the Guardians experienced their longest losing streak of the season, dropping their fourth consecutive game.

The game began with a display of power as Steven Kwan and Marcus Semien both hit home runs in the first inning. This mirrored a previous occurrence on June 26 when Lane Thomas of the Washington Nationals and J.P. Crawford of the Seattle Mariners achieved the same feat.

Impressively, Kwan contributed four hits and three RBI throughout the game. Additionally, David Fry, a graduate of Grapevine High School, launched a two-run homer in the eighth inning, granting the Guardians a 5-2 lead.

Lowe continued to make an impact, singling home Semien in the third inning to further boost the Rangers’ offensive efforts.


Shane Bieber (forearm irritation) was placed on the 15-day injured list, a move retroactive to Wednesday, and has a scheduled consultation with Texas team physician Dr. Keith Meister on Sunday. RHP Michael Kelly was recalled from Columbus and struck out two in a hitless sixth inning.

Up Next

Monday 7/17 7:05 PM EST – Game 1 of 3 at Pittsburgh Pirates

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