June 12, 2024

Sep 16, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase (48) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals suffered their first loss, but the Guardians maintained their winning streak. Andres Gimenez and Johnathan Rodriguez each contributed two hits, while Jose Ramirez drew two walks, including one with the bases loaded, and narrowly missed a home run. Ben Lively delivered a solid seven-inning performance, allowing only two runs, and Emmanuel Clase continued his dominant pitching as the Guardians secured their ninth consecutive victory with a 5-4 win.

Guardians infielder Andrés Giménez's journey from undersized and doubted to  MLB All-Star - The Athletic

Facing the struggling Angels, the Guardians executed a three-game sweep, achieving their best start since 1995. However, not everything went perfectly for the team. Josh Naylor struggled with an 0-5 performance, David Fry failed to capitalize against left-handed pitchers, and Sam Hentges showed signs of inconsistency by giving up two runs, necessitating relief from Scott Barlow.

Despite the challenges, Lively’s performance allowed the Guardians to conserve bullpen resources, providing an opportunity for Cade Smith to potentially close the game and allowing Clase to rest after two consecutive appearances.

Gimenez showcased his defensive prowess by contributing to two impressive double plays, while even catcher Austin Hedges surprised by drawing two walks.

Zack Meisel of The Athletic provides a comprehensive list of statistics highlighting the Guardians’ impressive start to the season. Adrian Garro of MLB.com captures players’ sentiments, describing the atmosphere as simply enjoyable baseball. Meanwhile, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reveals that Ben Lively considers Emmanuel Clase his favorite pitcher.

The Guardians face a challenging matchup against Austin Gomber of the Colorado Rockies today. Gomber, who had a dominant outing against Cleveland last season, is currently having a strong season. However, the Guardians have proven their capabilities, and Memorial Day serves as a significant marker to evaluate the team’s performance, with indications suggesting they could be on the path to greatness.

In other news around MLB, the Royals suffered their first loss, while the Twins also faced defeat. The Tigers secured a victory against the Blue Jays, whose bullpen struggled. Unfortunately, Ronald Acuna Jr. sustained a season-ending torn ACL, which is a blow to baseball fans everywhere.

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As we observe Memorial Day, let us honor and remember the courageous men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the armed forces, along with their families. Wishing everyone a safe and reflective Memorial Day.

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