Game Recap 8/29/23 | Guardians Beat The Twins 4-2

August 29, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Victory over Minnesota Twins:

1 – Bo Naylor

Bo Naylor set the tone early with an inning-solo shot to deep right.  It is Bo’s second home run in the past four games.

2 – Gavin Williams Injury

Cleveland starter Gavin Williams left the game after pitching one inning as he fell awkwardly after making a pitch.  Williams has right knee soreness, no word as of yet on the extent of the injury.

3 – Brilliant Bullpen

With Williams leaving early, the Guardians bullpen stepped up, going eight innings and seven hits while only giving up two runs. 

Game Summary

The Cleveland Guardians overcame the early departure of starting pitcher Gavin Williams due to knee soreness. They managed to secure a three-run lead by the fourth inning and went on to defeat the Minnesota Twins, who currently lead the AL Central, with a score of 4-2 during Tuesday night’s game.

Despite their lead of six games over second-place Cleveland, the Minnesota Twins struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities, going 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and leaving three runners stranded on third base. In the fourth inning, the Twins’ Royce Lewis hit a solo home run, following his grand slams in the previous two games.

Williams retired Royce Lewis on a bases-loaded popup in the first inning before being replaced by Hunter Gaddis (2-1), who conceded one run over three innings. The bullpen, consisting of Sam Hentges (two innings), Trevor Stephan (one inning), and Nick Sandlin (one inning), then delivered scoreless relief.

Emmanuel Clase allowed a one-out home run by Michael A. Taylor in the ninth inning but still managed to secure his 35th save out of 44 chances, maintaining his position as the AL leader in saves. Taylor’s home run marked his career-high 20th.

Bo Naylor achieved a milestone in his major league career by hitting home runs in consecutive games for the first time. His solo shot in the second inning off Pablo López (9-7) gave Cleveland the lead. José Ramírez scored due to López’s wild pitch in the third inning, and Kole Calhoun’s RBI groundout extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth.

In the seventh inning, Will Brennan added an RBI single against Emilio Pagán.

Pablo López pitched six innings, giving up eight hits and three runs. Prior to this loss on Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins had won his previous five starts.

Trainers Room

Manager Terry Francona said RHP Cal Quantrill (right shoulder inflammation) will pitch Friday. Quantrill last pitched for Cleveland on July 5 and was 2-6 with a 6.45 ERA in 13 starts. … 1B Josh Naylor (right oblique strain) was 1 for 2 with an RBI single for Double-A Akron on Tuesday at the start of a rehab assignment. He is to work out Wednesday, Francona said, before playing Thursday and Friday.

Up Next

Tuesday 8/30 1:10 PM EST – Series Finale at Minnesota Twins

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