Game Recap 8/13/23 | Guardians Beat the Rays 9-2

August 13, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Victory Over the Rays:

1 – Hitting Explosion PT 1

The Guardians needed a blowout win, and they got one on Sunday as the Guardians won big 9-2, and two players in particular stuck out. 

Andres Gimenez had a solo home run in the 1st inning to give Cleveland the early lead, setting the tone for the game. Gimenez went 4 for 5 with 2 RBIs and, for the series, went 8 for 14. 

2 – Hitting Explosion PT 2

Oscar Gonzalez also had a big day at the plate with three doubles accounting for 2 RBIs. He had a good series going 5 for 11 with 3 RBIs. 

3 – Brilliant Bibee

Don’t forget about Tanner Bibee, as he had another elite-type performance going seven strong giving up two earned while striking out five.

Game Summary

Tanner Bibee extended his winning streak to seven games, propelling the Cleveland Guardians to a 9-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, who hold the lead in the AL wild-card race. This triumph prevented a potential three-game sweep.

Bibee (9-2) demonstrated his prowess by conceding only two runs, yielding seven hits, and tallying five strikeouts across seven impressive innings.

Guardians’ hitters Andrés Giménez and Gabriel Arias contributed to the victory with their home runs, aiding their team’s 15-hit offensive onslaught. Notably, five of the starting players secured two or more hits, facilitating Cleveland’s fifth win within 16 games.

Rays’ starter Zach Eflin (12-7), in pursuit of becoming the AL’s first 13-game winner, encountered a challenging outing, conceding a season-high six runs and nine hits during a three-inning, 82-pitch performance.

Despite their previous struggles, Tampa Bay showcased a 9-6 record in their last 15 games, following a challenging stretch where they went 5-15 from July 1-26. However, their difficulties continued at home, losing 12 out of 18 games.

Meanwhile, Guardians’ standout third baseman and All-Star José Ramírez missed the game due to a suspension resulting from an altercation with Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox. This marked the second and final game of his suspension.

Cleveland surged ahead 4-0 in the second inning, thanks to Arias’ two-run homer and an RBI single by Steven Kwan. The lead expanded to 6-0 in the third inning with consecutive run-scoring doubles from Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.

Gonzalez showcased his hitting prowess once again in the fourth inning, contributing an RBI double as part of a two-run inning.

Giménez kickstarted the scoring with a solo homer in the first inning and continued to make an impact with an RBI single in the fifth inning.

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