Game Recap 8/16/23 | Guardians Lose to the Reds 7-2

August 16, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Victory Over the Reds:

1 – Four Errors 

Hard to win a game when you make four errors, and that is what happened to the Guardians on Wednesday night.  Two errors stand out, one from Bo Naylor, who had an opportunity to make a tag to get Joey Votto out at home plate, and Bo simply dropped the ball allowing Votto to score.  Two, Jose Ramirez booted a routine grounder to third base that allowed the inning to continue, which led to an unearned run after a Votto RBI single.

2 – Home Run Blues

Noah Syndergaard’s biggest issue has been giving up home runs, and sadly the Reds took advantage as they hit two in the bottom of the 4th, tallying for four runs, and putting the game away. 

3 – Arias

Gabriel Arias has been struggling at the plate lately but broke out with a 429-foot bomb to center field in the top of the 5th.

Game Summary

Stuart Fairchild and Matt McLain each connected for two-run homers during the fourth inning, causing Cincinnati to deal Cleveland’s Noah Syndergaard his first loss in 10 career starts against the Reds. The final score stood at 7-2 in favor of Cincinnati during Wednesday night’s interleague clash.

TJ Friedl showcased a remarkable performance with three hits, three runs scored, and two outstanding catches in center field. These efforts supported rookie left-hander Andrew Abbott (8-3) as the Reds achieved a split in the two-game Ohio Cup series. Mark your calendars for their next encounter on September 26-27 in Cleveland.

Cleveland’s Guardians struggled defensively, committing a season-high four errors.

Abbott (8-3) delivered a solid performance, allowing no walks while conceding six hits and two runs with five strikeouts across five innings.

Friedl’s acrobatics saved Abbott from conceding a two-run homer by leaping above the fence to deny Ramón Laureano, concluding the third inning. Friedl continued his excellence by capturing Oscar Gonzalez’s deep hit just a step before colliding with the wall at the start of the fourth inning.

However, Friedl couldn’t replicate this feat when Gabriel Arias launched a 429-foot drive to center on Abbott’s changeup, leading off the fifth.

The Reds’ relief pitchers, namely Fernando Cruz, Sam Moll, Derek Law, and Alan Busenitz, joined forces to maintain a shutout over four innings, conceding only three hits collectively.

Syndergaard (2-6), acquired from the Dodgers on July 26, struggled through 4 1/3 innings, surrendering eight hits and six runs (five earned), along with two walks and three strikeouts. This defeat marked his record against the Reds falling to 7-1.

With the victory, Cincinnati (63-59) exceeded its win total from 2022. They entered the game tied for third place in the NL Central alongside the Cubs. On the other hand, Cleveland (58-63) held the second position in the AL Central, trailing Minnesota by 4 1/2 games.

Stuart Fairchild’s 427-foot blast into the lower deck of left field, off Syndergaard’s 1-1 slider, propelled the Reds to a 3-1 lead during the fourth inning. This shot occurred with Christian Encarnación-Strand on base following a leadoff single.

Following Friedl’s two-out single, McLain capitalized by launching a 377-foot drive down the left-field line, marking a two-run homer on a 2-2 changeup. McLain’s contribution amounted to three hits and three RBIs.

Trainers Room

Cal Quantrill (right shoulder inflammation) will meet with team officials Thursday to determine his next start after allowing one run on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings for Double-A Akron on Tuesday… Cam Gallagher left the game after two innings for tests for a potential head injury.

Up Next

Thursday 8/17 7:15 PM EST – Game 1 vs Detroit Tigers

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