Game Recap 9/1/23 | Guardians Beat The Rays 3-2

September 1, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Victory over Tampa Bay Rays:

1 – 7th Inning Rally   

The Guardians were down 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th but rallied for two runs with back-to-back RBI hits, a single by Gabriel Arias to tie it, and Bo Naylor with the game-winning double. 

2 – Cal Quantrill 

Cal Quantrill gave up two early runs but settled down going six strong only giving up two runs. 

3 – Williams Latest 

No official word yet on the return of Gavin Williams. As of now, he is listed to start against the Twins on Wednesday. 

Game Summary

In the seventh inning, rookie Bo Naylor came through with a pivotal double that brought Gabriel Arias home, giving the Cleveland Guardians a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

The Guardians were trailing 2-1 as they entered the seventh inning, but Andrés Giménez ignited the comeback with a leadoff single. He then swiped second base and scored on Arias’ single. Naylor sealed the deal with a powerful hit to the right-center field wall off Rays’ pitcher Tyler Glasnow (7-5).

This win halted Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak and pushed them two games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East standings. Nevertheless, the Rays maintained a strong hold on the top wild-card spot and continued their impressive form with eight wins in their last ten games.

Eli Morgan (5-2) took the mound for the Guardians in the seventh inning, and Emmanuel Clase secured his 37th save of the season with a flawless ninth inning. Cleveland, riding a three-game winning streak, remained 4 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

Cal Quantrill, the Guardians’ starter, made a successful return from the injured list, pitching six innings and allowing just two runs on two hits while recording two strikeouts. He had been sidelined for two months due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

On the opposing side, Tyler Glasnow delivered one of his longest starts of the season, lasting seven innings. He struck out six batters without issuing a single walk but remained winless in his career against Cleveland, with four starts against them.

Tampa Bay managed to score a run in both the first and second innings. Brandon Lowe crossed home plate thanks to Randy Arozarena’s double off the left-field wall, and Jonathan Aranda was driven in by René Pinto’s double.

The Guardians narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the third inning when Kole Calhoun’s sacrifice fly brought Myles Straw home.

Yandy Díaz of Tampa Bay struggled at the plate, going 0 for 4 and dropping his AL-leading batting average to .324.

In a notable development, relievers Reynaldo López and Matt Moore were in uniform for Cleveland, while starter Lucas Giolito was set to be activated on Saturday. All three players had been claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

Up Next

Saturday 9/2 6:10 PM EST – Game 2 of Series versus Tampa Bay

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