Game Recap 7/5/23 | Guardians Lose 8-1 to Braves

July 5, 2023

Andy Billman

Observations from the Game

3 things about Guardians Loss to Atlanta Braves:

1 – Four-run gut punch 

A four-run first inning set the tone for the game as Cal Quantrill’s 2023 struggles continued going 4 1/3 innings giving up 11 hits, five earned.   The Braves on the night had 19 hits. 19 HITS IN ONE GAME, CAN YOU IMAGINE CLEVELAND FANS?!?!

2 – RISP 

The Guardians had a hard time hitting with RISP going 0 for 11 on the night.   In particular, Josh Bell, who went 0 for 2 with RISP, received some boos from the home crowd.

3 – HBP

Atlanta pitchers hit Cleveland four times on the night, including two for Andres Gimenez.  The other two belonged to David Fry and Jose Ramirez. 

Game Summary

The Atlanta Braves rebounded from one of their infrequent losses in the past month with an impressive 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday night, thanks to home runs by All-Stars Sean Murphy and Matt Olson.

Murphy started the scoring with a solo homer in the third inning off Cal Quantrill (2-6), while Olson crushed a mammoth 428-foot blast in the ninth. The Braves, determined to bounce back after their nine-game winning streak was halted the previous day, showcased their offensive prowess by amassing 19 hits in the game.

In addition to Murphy and Olson’s home runs, Austin Riley also went deep, extending the Braves’ streak of consecutive games with a home run to 23, the longest in baseball this season. With a total of 166 homers, Atlanta currently leads the major leagues and is on track to surpass the single-season record of 309 set by the Minnesota Twins in 2019.

The Braves’ recent form has been outstanding, winning 18 of their last 20 games and 25 of their last 29. Their dominance in rubber games, where a series is tied and up for grabs, remained intact as they improved to a perfect 7-0 in such matchups. The last team to achieve this level of success in rubber games with a comparable overall record was the 1994 Montreal Expos, who went 9-0.

Although the Guardians had several opportunities, they failed to produce timely hits and left 11 runners stranded, including two in each of the first five innings. Finally, in the ninth inning with two outs, they managed to score a run, which was met with a sarcastic cheer from their fans.

The Braves’ starting pitcher, Michael Soroka, was given a comfortable 4-0 lead after the first inning and held a 5-0 advantage going into the fifth. However, despite his solid performance, Soroka was pulled with two outs and 99 pitches, falling short of qualifying for the win. Soroka had previously missed the last two seasons due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Michael Tonkin (5-2) took over for Soroka and delivered an impressive 3 1/3 innings without allowing any runs.

On the other hand, Quantrill had a tough outing, giving up a career-high 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings, which was not what manager Terry Francona had hoped for, especially with his bullpen in need of rest.

The Braves wasted no time against Quantrill, scoring four runs in the first inning through four consecutive singles and Eddie Rosario’s two-run double. Although some of the hits were not particularly powerful, they found gaps in the outfield, contributing to Atlanta’s early offensive onslaught.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Josh Naylor (right wrist tendinitis) was not in the starting lineup for the second straight day. He took some swings in the batting cage before the game. Francona said Naylor might be available to pinch-hit. Naylor is expected to play Friday against Kansas City.

Up Next

Thursday 7/6 7:10 PM EST – Game 1 of 4 vs Royals

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