Last night, the Guardians (62-54) were defeated by the Detroit Tigers (44-74) at Progressive Field. This came after beating the Tigers 4-1 earlier in the day.
The starting pitcher for the Guardians, Xzavion Curry, played for five innings. While he had three strikeouts, he gave up eight hits and three earned runs. One of these included a double from Tigers’ left fielder Kerry Carpenter.
To relieve Curry, the Guardians brought in pitchers Eli Morgan, Bryan Shaw, Sam Hentges and Nick Sandlin. Of the four, Shaw gave up the most hits.
In the bottom of the third inning, Victor Reyes made a miraculous catch. He is the right fielder for the Tigers and he caught a strong hit by Jose Ramirez. This prevented a runner at third from scoring and it ended the inning.
In the fourth inning, Owen Miller took over at first base for an injured Josh Naylor. Naylor was limping and experiencing soreness in the ankle after fielding a hit by Victor Reyes.
Then, at the bottom of the fourth, Andres Gimenez hit a homerun into deep right field. As a result, the Guardians led the game, 2-1. Immediately after, catcher Luke Mailer hit a homerun into deep left field. It was his second homerun of the season and it brought the Guardians up 3-1.
But the Tigers continued to demonstrate their fine fielding skills. Third baseman Kody Clemens rapidly scooped up a ground ball and threw to first base. The Guardians’ player, Tyler Freeman, was out and this prevented him from getting a double.
Victor Reyes had two runs batted in, one in the fifth inning, which made it 3-2 with the Guardians leading. Then, in a hit that broke his bat, Tigers shortstop Willy Castro helped another Tigers player score. This brought the score to a tie.
In the sixth inning, second baseman Jonathan Schoop hit his ninth homerun of the season. This put the Tigers in the lead. Immediately after, off a pitch by Eli Morgan, Kerry Carpenter hit a home run and this brought the score to 5-3, Tigers. These were back-to-back home runs by the Tigers.
Tigers player Kody Clemens continued to impress with an incredible catch, right at the tarp, in the sixth inning. He extended his body enough to reach into the stands.
The Guardians quickly responded, though, with a hit by left fielder Steven Kwan. This helped center fielder Will Benson score and they now were within one run.
The eighth inning posed other problems, however, especially with the Guardians’ fielding abilities. A costly mistake occurred by Will Benson and Steven Kwan, which resulted in a dropped ball and an error. This gave the Tigers momentum. Shortly after, catcher Tucker Barnhart hit an RBI single, which allowed Jonathan Schoop to score.
Then Victor Reyes had his second RBI, which brought the score to 7-4.
Although Oscar Gonzalez scored in the ninth inning, it was not enough for the Guardians. They lost 7-5.
The Guardians are currently in first place in the AL Central. Tonight, they play their third game of the series against the Tigers.