Game Recap 8/6/23 | Guardians Lose to the White Sox 5-3

August 6, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Loss to the White Sox

1 – 9th inning Meltdown

The Guardians entered the top of the 9th up 3-2 with closer Emmanuel Clase on the mound looking for the save.  With two outs and two runners on 1st and 2nd, a simple ground ball was to Brayan Rocchio. Rocchio charged, made the throw to 1st and Kole Calhoun could not come up with the catch.  The ball was in the dirt, but Calhoun could not make the catch in time.  Bases loaded.

The next batter, Zach Remillard, hits the ball almost to the same spot down to third.  Rocchio makes the grab, hurls it to 1st base, on a hop and again Calhoun is unable to make the grab.  An error was called on Rocchio for his throw, it looked to be equal blame on Rocchio’s throw and Calhoun’s inability to make the play.  At the end of the day, both plays should have been outs and it gave Chicago extra at-bats.

The runner scores from third, and the Guardians and White Sox are tied.  Bringing up Elvis Andrus. 

2 – Elvis Andrus 

Cleveland baseball killer Elvis Andrus did it again to the Guardians, hitting a game-winning single to bring in the final two runs to put the White Sox up for good.  Andrus now has a career average of .376 at Progressive Field. 

Clase blew his 8th save on the season while not giving up an earned run, tough day for Clase and the Guardians. 

3 – Arias and Curry 

The big hit of the day for Cleveland was a Gabriel Arias home run in the bottom of 5th tying the game at two.  Xzavion Curry also did a nice job going five innings while only giving up two earned,

Game Summary

After Chicago and Cleveland engaged in a heated benches-clearing brawl the previous day, the tension continued in the matchup. The game unfolded dramatically as Elvis Andrus stepped up in a critical moment, delivering a pivotal two-run single in the ninth inning. This came right after a sequence of throwing errors by Cleveland’s rookie Bryan Rocchio, which allowed the White Sox to regain the lead and secure a 5-3 victory over the Guardians on Sunday.

The altercation from the prior game, sparked by a skirmish at second base involving Chicago’s Tim Anderson and Cleveland’s José Ramírez, did not carry over into this game. In that intense altercation, both Anderson and Ramírez found themselves in the center of the brawl and were subsequently ejected, along with several others, totaling six ejections in all.

The aftermath of the Anderson-Ramírez confrontation, as well as subsequent incidents, are still under review by Major League Baseball before any disciplinary actions are determined.

In a thrilling turn of events during the series finale, the White Sox were down to their final strike when they mounted a comeback against Emmanuel Clase, an All-Star closer. Chicago loaded the bases with two singles and an error committed by Bryan Rocchio, who was filling in at third base for Ramírez. Rocchio’s throwing error paved the way for a tense situation. Despite Rocchio’s efforts, his subsequent long throw also erred, enabling the White Sox to tie the game.

Elvis Andrus, a player with a history of troubling Cleveland, came through once again, grounding a single up the middle to secure Chicago’s victory. This win marked a crucial two out of three series victories for the White Sox, their first series win since July.

The win was credited to Sammy Peralta (1-0), and Jimmy Lambert sealed the game with his first career save by effectively closing out the ninth inning.

Rookie Gabriel Arias contributed to the Guardians’ effort with a two-run homer.

Reflecting on the previous day’s altercation, Tim Anderson’s absence from the lineup was attributed by Chicago manager Pedro Grifol to a pre-scheduled off day, unrelated to the fight or Anderson’s actions. Meanwhile, Ramírez was in the starting lineup, receiving noticeable fan support and a louder ovation than usual at Progressive Field. A humorous spectacle emerged from the crowd, as one fan wore oversized red boxing gloves and another sported a custom-made T-shirt with the words “Down Goes Anderson,” inspired by a memorable call by Guardians broadcaster Tom Hamilton during the brawl.

As the dust settled from the previous day’s chaos, the White Sox entered the game with determination. They quickly seized a 2-0 lead in the opening inning, with Luis Robert Jr. capitalizing on a leadoff double from Andrus, driving in a run with an RBI triple. Eloy Jiménez, who had sustained an injury during the previous day’s brawl, contributed with a sacrifice fly.

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Mon 8/7 7:10 PM EST – Game 1 vs. Toronto Blue Jays

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