Game Recap 8/25/23 | Guardians Beat the Blue Jays 5-2

August 25, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Victory Over Blue Jays:

1 – Three Home Runs

The Guardians flexed their muscles North of the Border with three home runs against the Blue Jays. Canadian Bo Naylor got the party started with a solo shot in the 3rd, Ramon Laureano with a two-run blast in the 4th and Andres Gimenez finished it off with a solo homer in the 7th. 

2 – Battlin Bibee 

Tanner Bibbe was back in the win column going six strong only giving up two runs while striking out five.

3 – Bullpen Brilliant 

Cleveland’s bullpen, Enyel De Los Santos, Trevor Stephan, and Emmanuel Clase, came in and pitched three shutout innings while not giving up a run to seal the victory. 

Game Summary

Ramón Laureano smashed a home run and drove in three runs, while Tanner Bibee delivered a six-inning performance for his third victory in four starts, leading the Cleveland Guardians to a 5-2 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

Cleveland rebounded after suffering back-to-back losses as Andrés Giménez and Bo Naylor each contributed solo home runs.

Bibee (10-3) conceded two runs and six hits, including two home runs. He issued one walk and notched five strikeouts.

Enyel De Los Santos and Trevor Stephan each completed one inning on the mound, setting the stage for Emmanuel Clase to secure his 34th save out of 43 opportunities.

Despite not being originally included in Cleveland’s starting lineup, Laureano received the call to play when Will Brennan was sidelined due to a strained right knee.

On the Toronto side, George Springer and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. both managed solo home runs, but their efforts weren’t enough as the Blue Jays suffered their third consecutive defeat. Guerrero’s home run marked his first since August 4th against Boston.

The struggling Blue Jays have only managed to score a total of five runs over their last three games.

Springer initiated the scoring with a leadoff home run in the second inning, his 16th of the season. Cleveland responded by leveling the score in the third, courtesy of Naylor’s solo shot off Chris Bassitt (12-7). This marked Naylor’s fifth home run.

A pivotal moment came in the third inning when plate umpire Adrian Johnson initially ruled Cleveland’s Steven Kwan safe on a two-out double by Oscar Gonzalez. However, the call was overturned upon review, revealing that Kwan’s hand had missed the plate during his slide.

Laureano ensured there was no room for doubt with a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth, his seventh of the season.

Toronto had an opportunity to narrow the deficit in the bottom half of the inning, but Guerrero was thrown out at home plate while attempting to score from first base on Matt Chapman’s double to left field. Shortstop Gabriel Arias executed a relay throw to catcher Naylor, who tagged Guerrero out to conclude the inning.

Gonzalez kickstarted the sixth inning with a double and later scored on Laureano’s one-out double. However, Guerrero retaliated with a one-out homer in the sixth, his 19th of the season.

In the eighth inning, Giménez extended Cleveland’s lead to 5-2 with a two-out home run off Jordan Hicks, marking his 12th of the season.

Bassitt conceded four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. This loss marked the right-hander’s first since July 31st against Baltimore.

Trainers Room

Will Brennan injured his knee when he collided with the fence while making a catch Thursday. Brennan was in the original lineup at DH with Oscar Gonzalez in right field. Laureano started in right and Gonzalez was the DH.

Up Next

Saturday 8/26 3:07 PM EST – Game 2 at Toronto Blue Jays

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