Game Recap 9/29/23 | Guardians Beat the Tigers 7-5

September 29, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – Going Gone Guards!

The Guardians on Friday night got two home runs, a two-run shot from Bo Naylor in the second inning, and a three-run blast from Tyler Freeman in the third inning.  

2 – Cal Quantrill 

Cal Quantrill did not have his best stuff on Friday night but got a victory going five innings while giving up four runs. 

3 – Gabriel Arias Injury, Rocchio

It was announced that Gabriel Arias has a broken wrist, ending the season for him.  Brayan Rocchio has been called up and started last night at shortstop, going 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Game Summary

On Friday night, Miguel Cabrera delivered an impressive performance, securing three hits, including two doubles. However, the Cleveland Indians managed to dampen the first day of his farewell weekend with a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Cabrera, who was in the final stretch of his illustrious career, notched two doubles in his first two at-bats, bringing his total to 626. This achievement allowed him to break a tie for 13th place and move two steps ahead of Hank Aaron. In the seventh inning, Cabrera added to his impressive record with a single, marking his 3,173rd hit.

In an interesting turn of events, Cal Quantrill caused a stir in the third inning when he hit Cabrera, drawing thunderous boos from the crowd. However, Cabrera calmly jogged to first base and continued his usual jovial conversations with first baseman Josh Naylor and the Guardians’ dugout.

Quantrill (4-7) gave up eight hits and four runs in five innings but managed to secure the win, while Emmanuel Clase allowed a ninth-inning homer by Spencer Torkelson before closing out the game with his 44th save.

Cleveland’s Tyler Freeman contributed significantly with a three-run homer in the third inning during a four-run surge.

The Guardians also scored three runs in the second inning, benefiting from a crucial defensive mistake. Ramón Laureano walked and then stole second base. Although Joey Wentz (3-13) retired the next two batters, an error by Akil Baddoo in left field allowed Brayan Rocchio’s hit to turn into a run-scoring double. Bo Naylor followed up with a two-run homer.

Zach McKinstry narrowed the gap to 3-2 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, but the Guardians surged ahead with four more runs in the third. Laureano led off with a walk, Andrés Giménez singled, and then Freeman delivered his crucial homer. With one out, Bo Naylor hit a ground-rule double and later scored when Kerry Carpenter misplayed Straw’s single.

Parker Meadows added to the Tigers’ tally with a two-run triple in the fourth.

In the ninth inning, Torkelson started with a bang, hitting his 31st homer. Cabrera, who received a standing ovation from the 30,053-strong crowd, stepped up to bat but grounded out on the first pitch.

Up Next

Triston McKenzie (0-2, 6.17) will pitch on Saturday.

Saturday 9/30 1:10 PM EST – Game 2 @ Detroit Tigers

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