Game Recap 7/27/23 | Guardians Beat White Sox 6-3

July 27, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things About Guardians Victory over the Chicago White Sox

1 – Lovin the Southside 

Certain players just love hitting in certain parks, and no doubt Josh Naylor loves hitting in the southside of Chicago.  Naylor had another good night at the plate going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs on Thursday night. 

2 – Battlin Bibee 

Tanner Bibee had another quality start going 6 2/3 innings giving up three earned while striking out six.  

3 – SpongeBob is Back

Welcome back, Oscar Gonzalez!  Gonzalez made an appearance in the top of the 9th, pinch-hitting, and picking up an infield single.  

Game Summary

On Thursday night, the Cleveland Guardians secured a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox with stellar performances from Josh Naylor and rookie pitcher Tanner Bibee. Notably, Manager Terry Francona reached a milestone, tying Casey Stengel for 13th place on baseball’s career wins list with his 1,926th victory.

Naylor played a significant role in the Guardians’ triumph, driving in three runs during the game. In the third inning, he smacked a double and brought in two runs, adding to the team’s three-run lead against pitcher Dylan Cease (4-4). Later in the seventh inning, Naylor had a peculiar RBI double when his soft comebacker was deflected by reliever Aaron Bummer. The ball found its way into center field, allowing Andrés Giménez to score and extending the Guardians’ lead to 5-3.

Steven Kwan and Giménez also contributed to the victory, each scoring two runs. Despite going 5 for 19 with runners in scoring position, the Guardians managed to capitalize on their opportunities and secure the win.

On the pitching side, rookie Tanner Bibee (7-2) delivered an impressive performance, allowing three runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Closer Emmanuel Clase sealed the deal in the ninth inning, navigating around two singles and striking out Andrew Benintendi to earn his 28th save in 35 chances.

Although Jake Burger’s two home runs kept the White Sox in the game, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Guardians’ strong showing. Burger’s efforts resulted in a multi-homer game for the second time in his career, but the White Sox suffered their sixth straight loss.

As for Cease, he lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and nine hits before the Guardians took control and secured the victory.

Up Next

Friday 7/28 7:10 PM EST – Game 2 of 4 at Chicago White Sox

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