Game Recap 9/30/23 | Guardians Lose to the Tigers 8-0

September 30, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – McKenzie 

Triston McKenzie pitched better on Saturday in his second start, going four and 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and one run. 

2 – Bullpen woes  

The Cleveland bullpen had a tough day, with Eli Morgan, James Karinchak, and Xzavion Curry giving up a combined seven runs between the three.

3 – Gavin Williams 

Gavin Williams will not pitch on Sunday as the Guardians decided to shut down the young pitcher for 2023.  No injury, just managing innings pitched. 

Game Summary

Following a pregame retirement celebration, Miguel Cabrera made a memorable impact, scoring the opening run and driving in another to propel the Detroit Tigers to an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Saturday, securing second place in the AL Central.

The commencement of the game experienced a 33-minute delay due to Cabrera’s retirement ceremony. This marked the farewell of the 40-year-old, 12-time All-Star, who is concluding his remarkable 21-season career in the big leagues.

Cabrera’s performance on the day included going 1 for 4 with a double, maintaining a batting average of .260, along with four home runs and 34 RBIs for the season. The 2012 AL Triple Crown winner will bid farewell to his illustrious career on Sunday, coinciding with Cleveland’s Terry Francona’s final managerial game.

With this victory, Detroit (77-84) moved ahead of Cleveland (76-85) by one game in the standings. The Tigers have demonstrated their dominance over the Guardians this season with an 8-4 record, ensuring a tiebreaker advantage if they finish with an identical record.

Cabrera’s contributions were particularly noteworthy in the fourth inning when he led off with his third double in two days, then electrified the sellout crowd of 40,224 by advancing to third on Kerry Carpenter’s lineout to right field. Cabrera proceeded to score on Matt Vierling’s triple, all against Tristan McKenzie (0-3), who allowed one run, three hits, and three walks over 4 1/3 innings.

In the sixth inning, Akil Baddoo sealed the victory with a two-run triple against Eli Morgan, and Cabrera continued to shine, adding a sacrifice fly during a five-run seventh inning, which featured two-run singles by Andy Ibañez and Carson Kelly.

Beau Brieske (2-3), the third of seven Tigers pitchers, was instrumental in the team’s success, allowing only one hit over 2 1/3 innings, as Detroit secured their ninth shutout of the season, while Cleveland faced their 13th shutout defeat.

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