Game Recap 8/22/23 | Guardians Beat the Dodgers 8-3

August 22, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Victory Over Dodgers:

1 – Sydergaard Quality Start 

Against his old club, it looked like Noah Syndergaard was in for a long night giving up three early runs in the first three innings, but he settled down after that only giving up one hit in the next three innings.  Syndergaard goes six strong, giving up three runs while earning the quality start.   Syndergaard showed a lot of fight on Tuesday night keeping the Guardians in the game.

2 – SpongeBob Gone!

Oscar Gonzalez came up with two outs in the bottom of the 4th with the Guards down 3-0 and he hit a shot to right field to put Cleveland on the board.  That seemed to inspire the bats as the Guardians would go on to get another run in the 4th with a Gabriel Arias single scoring Andres Gimenez to make it 3-2. 

3 – 7th Inning Explosion 

More two-out magic for the Guardians in the 7th inning.  With two outs and two on Steven Kwan came up with the game-tying RBI single and the next batter Jose Ramirez got the game-winning RBI single to make it 4-3.  Kole Calhoun ended all doubt with a majestic 3-run shot down the right-field line to put Cleveland up 7-3.

The Guardians would go on to score one more in the 8th and all eight runs were scored with two outs on Tuesday night. 

Game Summary

Cleveland’s Guardians orchestrated a remarkable comeback on Tuesday night, sealing an 8-3 victory and putting a halt to the red-hot streak of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kole Calhoun’s colossal three-run home run marked the pinnacle of Cleveland’s five-run surge in the seventh inning.

Calhoun, a recent addition to the Guardians following a trade with the NL West leaders, took on reliever Caleb Ferguson and launched the ball over the wall. This unexpected turn of events stunned the Dodgers, a team that had been dominating the baseball scene.

The Dodgers had been on fire throughout August with a record of 17 wins and only 3 losses and their post-All-Star break performance stood at an impressive 25-10.

Oscar Gonzalez also contributed to the Guardians’ victory with a home run. Before the seventh inning, the Guardians were trailing 3-2, struggling to find their rhythm against Dodgers rookie starter Bobby Miller (7-3), who had limited them to just six hits over 6 1/3 innings.

In a surprising twist, both Steven Kwan and José Ramírez managed to drive in runs with two outs against Ferguson. However, the spotlight was on Calhoun, who had spent a significant portion of the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City with the Dodgers. He capitalized on his opportunity and cleared the right wall with his first pitch, extending the Guardians’ lead to 7-3.

Noah Syndergaard, a former Dodger, had a memorable outing against his previous team. Traded to Cleveland in exchange for infielder Amed Rosario on July 26, Syndergaard pitched six innings, allowing three runs and four hits.

The Guardians’ pitching trio of Sam Hentges (2-2), Trevor Stephan, and Emmanuel Clase contained the Dodgers’ formidable lineup to just six hits, securing their victory.

Familiarity with Syndergaard didn’t deter the Dodgers, as Mookie Betts demonstrated early on. With a batting average of .379 since June 28, Betts led the charge with a single in the first inning, followed by a steal and an explosive home run by Dodgers catcher Will Smith.

Betts’ impact persisted in the third inning as he contributed to another run, singling, stealing a base, and ultimately crossing the plate on Freddie Freeman’s single.

Cleveland’s Guardians narrowed the gap in the fourth inning, with Gonzalez launching his second home run of the game on an 0-2 pitch from Miller. Rookie Gabriel Arias also chipped in with an RBI single, bringing the score to 3-2.

Up Next

Wednesday 8/23 7:10 PM EST – Game 2 vs Los Angelas Dodgers

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