Game Recap 9/21/23 | Guardians Beat the Orioles 5-2

September 21, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Guardians Victory Over the Baltimore Orioles

1 – 8th Inning Part I 

In Thursday night’s game, Trevor Stephan had an ERA of 12.79 for September and another rough outing.  Stephan entered the 8th with a 2-0 lead and coughed up giving up three hits and two runs, the big hit being an RBI double by Ryan O’Hearn to tie it.

2 – 8th Inning Part II 

The Guardians were given a gift with wild pitching in the bottom of the 8th that started with a hit-by-pitch to Josh Naylor, who got drilled in the shoulder to begin the bottom of the 8th.  Ramon Laureano walked after a Tyler Freeman walk and Andres Gimenez single to bring in the game-winning run.  The Guards would add two more runs on a Bo Naylor infield RBI single and a Gabriel Arias RBI groundout.  

3 – 9th Inning Dramatics 

Emmanuel Clase walked the first batter and gave up an infield single but got the next three batters to earn an MLB league-leading 42nd save.

Game Summary

In the eighth inning, Ramón Laureano’s bases-loaded walk off Jacob Webb secured the go-ahead run, propelling the Cleveland Guardians to a 5-2 triumph over the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

The Guardians added three runs in the bottom of the eighth, all attributed to Cionel Pérez (4-2), right after the Orioles had equalized with two runs in the top half. Bo Naylor’s single brought in a run and Gabriel Arias’ RBI groundout came after Laureano’s walk, which scored Josh Naylor.

Baltimore, making its first postseason appearance since 2016, maintains a 1 1/2-game advantage over Tampa Bay in the division race and for the best record in the AL. The Rays had earlier defeated the Angels 5-4.

Trevor Stephan (7-7) surrendered two runs in a single inning, while Emmanuel Clase secured his 42nd save of the season, the most in the majors, in 53 opportunities for Cleveland. Cleveland, which has eight games remaining, trails first-place Minnesota by 8 1/2 games in the AL Central.

The Orioles were down 2-0 until the eighth inning when they scored twice against Stephan. Ryan O’Hearn doubled, bringing in Adley Rutschman to tie the game, following Anthony Santander’s run-scoring play that brought Ramón Urías home.

Cleveland took the lead in the fifth inning with two runs off rookie Grayson Rodriguez. José Ramírez singled in Bo Naylor, and a sacrifice fly from Josh Naylor drove in Steven Kwan.

Rodriguez pitched five innings, giving up two runs while striking out seven. This marked his 22nd start since making his MLB debut on April 5.

Hunter Gaddis started for Cleveland and allowed just one hit in three innings, despite being hit on the upper right calf by Rutschman’s line drive. He remained in the game.

Baltimore’s Brandon Hyde managed his 700th career game, with 699 of them being with the Orioles.

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