Game Recap 8/10/23 | Guardians Beat the Blue Jays 4-3

August 10, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Victory Over the Blue Jays:

1 – Thor!

Noah Syndergaard got his first victory as a Cleveland Guardian as he pitched five 2/3 innings giving up six hits and only one run. 

2 – Stephan in the 7th

Trevor Stephan’s performance was a big key to why the Guardians won today as he came into the game with two on and nobody out with Cleveland up 4-3 and Stephan was able to get out of the jam while not giving up a run, striking out two Blue Jay batters. 

3 – Rookies Hitters 

Two rookie hitters came up big on Thursday afternoon, Brayan Rocchio with two doubles for two RBIs and Jose Tena with two hits as well including an RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd.

Game Summary

On Thursday, a series of exciting events unfolded in the baseball game between the Guardians and the Toronto Blue Jays. Noah Syndergaard achieved his first victory since April 30, exhibiting a strong performance on the mound for the Guardians. In the course of the game, rookies Brayan Rocchio and José Tena played pivotal roles in energizing Cleveland’s offense, leading to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Syndergaard, with a record of 2-5, pitched effectively for 5 2/3 innings, conceding only one run. He was taken out of the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning. Nick Sandlin came in and managed to retire Nathan Lukes on a ground ball, successfully ending the inning.

Although Toronto was trailing 4-1 as they entered the seventh inning, they managed to narrow the gap by scoring two runs. Notably, during this rally, the cleanup batter George Springer and manager John Schneider were both ejected from the game by home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak.

Springer’s ejection resulted from his dispute with Rehak over a 3-2 pitch that was called a strike three with two runners on base. In response, Springer expressed his frustration and then headed to the dugout. This led to his ejection, which in turn triggered an angry reaction from manager John Schneider. Schneider was also ejected, but crew chief Chad Fairchild intervened to calm down the situation. Eventually, Springer returned to the field after realizing he had been thrown out.

In the midst of the tense game situation, Toronto loaded the bases, but their efforts were foiled as Trevor Stephan managed to get Alejandro Kirk out on a popup and struck out Davis Schneider.

In the final inning, Emmanuel Clase took the mound and secured his 31st save out of 39 opportunities.

Throughout the four-game series, runs were hard to come by for both teams. The series was split, with Toronto winning the opening game 3-1 and subsequent matches featuring 1-0 outcomes on alternating nights.

Noah Syndergaard, who was acquired by Cleveland from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 26, made his third start for his new team. Despite a challenging performance against the Chicago White Sox earlier, where he allowed a career-high four home runs, Syndergaard showcased his capabilities in this game.

Rookie Brayan Rocchio made significant contributions to Cleveland’s offense with RBI doubles in the second and fifth innings. José Tena, another rookie, notched his first major league hit with an RBI single in the second inning and followed it up with a double in the fifth.

On the opposing side, Alek Manoah was taken out of the game after the first two batters in the fifth inning reached base. He conceded four runs and four hits in four innings, striking out six batters and issuing three walks. Toronto’s offense was led by Whit Merrifield, Brandon Belt, and Santiago Espinal, each contributing with RBIs.

Up Next

Friday 8/11 6:40 PM EST – Game 1 of Weekend Series at Tampa Bay Rays

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