Game Recap 8/5/23 | Guardians Lose to the White Sox 7-4

August 6, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Loss to the White Sox

1 – Fightin Guards 

To begin the bottom of the 6th, the Guardians were being no-hit down 5-0.  That changed with an Andres Gimenez double, and Jose Ramirez followed that up with another double to score Gimenez making it 5-1And that’s where things got crazy.

Tim Anderson stood over Ramirez at second base, not letting him up at first. Ramirez said something to Anderson, waving his hand in Anderson’s face.  Anderson then put his fists up, and JRAM was ready to take out some frustrations.  Both players swung, but JRAM connected, putting Anderson on the ground.   Benches cleared with players everywhere on the field. 

2 – Fightin Guards PT 2

Later, after it looked like the emotions had calmed down, manager Terry Francona had words with the White Sox, including White Sox manager Pedro Grifol. Grifol and Francona started jawing at each other, causing more tension on the field.   The third base coach for the Guardians, Mike Sarbaugh, got involved and started to push toward Grifol, causing another stir on the field.   Finally, cooler heads prevailed after a few minutes. 

3 – Fightin Guards PT 3

At the end of it, the following were ejected, Ramírez, Francona, Sarbaugh, and Emmanuel Clase for the Guardians, and the White Sox Anderson and Grifol were sent to the locker room. 

Oh yeah, the game. Noah Syndergaard had long ball issues giving up four home runs on the night that sunk the Guardians.  As mentioned above, the Guardians did not get a hit until the 6th, and well, there was a lot of hitting that inning.

Game Summary

In the sixth inning of Saturday night’s game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Guardians, a chaotic on-field brawl erupted, originating from an altercation between Tim Anderson of the White Sox and José Ramírez of the Guardians at second base. This intense melee resulted in six ejections during the White Sox’s 7-4 victory over Cleveland.

Among those ejected were Guardians’ closer Emmanuel Clase, manager Terry Francona, and third base coach Mike Sarbaugh, as well as White Sox manager Pedro Grifol. The altercation, which lasted for about 15 minutes and featured three additional skirmishes, began when Ramírez slid into second base with an RBI double and Anderson stood over him. Ramírez then pointed his finger in Anderson’s face and yelled, leading to a confrontation between the two players.

Ramírez, who landed a right hook after the initial punch thrown by Anderson, explained, “I believe he’s been showing disrespect to the game for quite some time. I was advising him to cease such behavior. After he hit me excessively hard, more than necessary, he expressed his desire to fight, and I had to defend myself.”

Anderson, who left the stadium before reporters were allowed in the clubhouse, charged out of the dugout several minutes after his ejection, prompting his teammate Andrew Vaughn to physically guide him toward the clubhouse steps.

When asked about the fight, White Sox manager Pedro Grifol declined to comment, stating, “I’ll leave it to MLB to address this situation. They have some issues to resolve. Thankfully, I haven’t received any injury-related updates from the medical team.”

In terms of gameplay, Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer, and Vaughn, Luis Robert Jr., and Óscar Colás each contributed a solo shot against Guardians’ starter Noah Syndergaard (1-5), who allowed a career-high four home runs in his first appearance at Progressive Field.

Guardians’ third base coach Mike Sarbaugh was ejected for a confrontational approach towards the Chicago coaching staff, while Clase, recognized for his distinctive blue hair, had to be escorted back to the bullpen by injured teammate Josh Naylor.

White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech (5-10) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ultimately yielded two runs in 5 1/3 innings. He boasts a strong record of 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA in five career starts against Cleveland.

It is anticipated that both Anderson and Ramírez may face suspensions, along with other participants involved in the brawl. Despite the White Sox’s struggling season with a record 24 games below .500, the Guardians (54-57) remain within striking distance of the AL Central’s first-place Minnesota, trailing by just 3 1/2 games.

“We won’t allow ourselves to be intimidated by a sub-.500 team,” asserted Kopech. “In divisional matchups, we’re bound to face each other often. Tensions have been building up between the teams over the past few series.”

Syndergaard, who was acquired from the Dodgers in a trade on July 26 for Amed Rosario, completed six innings and conceded all five runs on home runs. Will Brennan contributed two hits and drove in two runs for the Guardians.

Manager Terry Francona remarked, “Before the chaos ensued, I observed Anderson exchanging words with first baseman Gabriel Arias. The umpire instructed him to cease his behavior. Subsequently, matters escalated beyond control for everyone involved.”

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