Game Recap 8/22/23 | Guardians Lose Both Games of DH To Dodgers 6-1 and 9-3

August 24, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

Game 1 of Doubleheader

Game 2 of Doubleheader


3 Things About Guardians Doubleheader Losses to Dodgers:

1 – GM 1

After multiple rain delays, the Guardians and Dodgers finally finished up game 1 in the middle of the afternoon on Thursday with the Guardians losing 6-1.  The Guardians only managed four hits against the Dodgers in game 1. 

2 – GM 2

Cleveland starter Gavin Williams got banged around giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched.  Hunter Gaddis, up from Columbus for the doubleheader, finished the game up pitching the final 4 2/3 innings giving up the final four runs, two earned. 


3 – Arias 

One positive out of the series was the hitting of Gabriel Arias who was five for twelve in the series with a home run in game two in the 8th inning. 


Game 1 Summary

Mookie Betts equaled his personal record with five hits and drove in a pair of runs, propelling the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 triumph over the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday at the conclusion of an interrupted game.

In the initial six innings, Betts singled four times and in the eighth inning, he delivered a two-run double for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who hold an impressive 18-3 record in August. The seven-time All-Star previously achieved a five-hit game for Boston against Kansas City on August 26, 2016. His bat has been on fire with a .561 batting average during an 11-game hitting streak, contributing to his .456 average for this month.

The two teams were set to compete in their originally planned game later on Thursday, with the Guardians’ Gavin Williams slated to face the Dodgers’ Ryan Pepiot.

When rain interrupted play for 1 hour and 37 minutes after the second inning on Wednesday, the Los Angeles team was ahead 3-1. Yet, another round of storms arrived after the eighth inning on Thursday, leading to a 72-minute game delay.

Gus Varland (1-0) managed to secure his inaugural victory in the big leagues by working 1 1/3 innings. A total of seven pitchers collaborated to hold the Guardians to a mere four hits. Xzavion Curry (3-2), the starting pitcher for the Guardians, conceded three runs in three innings.

Kiké Hernández contributed a two-run double, Freddy Freeman marked three hits and an RBI, while Will Smith added a sacrifice fly, all contributing to the Dodgers’ win.

Cleveland’s single run emerged in the first inning when José Ramírez hit a home run off Clayton Kershaw, who accomplished four strikeouts over two innings in his third appearance since coming back from a left shoulder injury.

The Guardians rounded off their first suspended home game since June 24-25, 1994, during which they were defeated by the Yankees at Cleveland Stadium.

Game 2 Summary

Mookie Betts equaled his personal best with five hits during the conclusion of a suspended game, while Kiké Hernández smacked a home run and doubled twice in the regularly scheduled match, propelling the Los Angeles Dodgers to victories of 6-1 and 9-3 against the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday.

In the initial game, Betts garnered four singles within the first six innings and notched a two-run double in the eighth inning, aiding the NL West-leading Dodgers who hold a remarkable 19-3 record for August. The seven-time All-Star, who also achieved a five-hit performance for Boston against Kansas City on August 26, 2016, amassed three RBIs throughout the day. Betts maintained his exceptional form, going 9 for 11 in the three-game series and boasting an impressive batting average of .568 during his current 12-game hitting streak.

Hernández seized the day with four hits and contributed four RBIs of his own.

During the scheduled game, Michael Busch hammered his inaugural major league home run as the Dodgers made a comeback from a 2-0 deficit. Both Busch and James Outman added two RBIs each, while Freddie Freeman went 2 for 4.

Ryan Pepiot (1-0) allowed only one run across four innings for the Los Angeles team. In contrast, Rookie Gavin Williams (1-5) struggled, giving up a season-high seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and extending his winless streak to eight consecutive starts.

Gabriel Arias knocked a solo home run and joined forces with Will Brennan for a double-steal, contributing to the Guardians’ efforts. However, they had a tough homestand, concluding 2-5 over eight days, with manager Terry Francona contemplating retirement at the season’s end.

In the suspended game, Los Angeles held a 3-1 advantage after two innings on Wednesday before heavy rain halted play for 1 hour and 37 minutes.

Gus Varland (1-0) put in 1 1/3 innings of work to secure his maiden big league victory, with a total of seven pitchers combining their efforts for a four-hit performance. Guardians’ starter Xzavion Curry (3-2) conceded three runs in two innings.

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Friday 8/25 7:07 PM EST – Game 1 at Toronto Blue Jays

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