By: Liz Laughlin
Last night, the Guardians(66-58) fell to the Seattle Mariners (69-57), 3-2. They played at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
Mariners’ pitcher Logan Gilbert shined at the start of the game, although later he gave up eight hits and two runs. Gilbert also had two errors. He played for six innings before being relieved by the following pitchers: Matt Brash, Paul Sewald, Diego Castillo, Matthew Festa, and Penn Murfee.
The Guardians performed better in the bullpen, especially Shane Bieber. Impressing the announcers, Bieber played for seven innings and had nine strikeouts.
Andres Gimenez, second baseman for the Guardians,demonstrated his incredible fielding skills when he scooped up a ground ball and threw it to first base. He prevented what would have been a single or double.
At the top of the third inning, the Guardians scored first, with a hit by catcher Austin Hedges. The ball went into right center field and allowed Hedges to get to second base. Later, with Hedges on third base, left fielder Steven Kwan hit into the outfield and allowed Hedges to score. This brought the game to 1-0, Cleveland.
In the bottom of the third, the Guardians had a remarkable double play. After striking out the batter, catcher Austin Hedges whipped the ball to second baseman Amed Rosario, getting there in time for the out.
Steven Kwan for the Guardians may have had the most memorable play of the game. At the bottom of the fifth, he leaped into the stands to make a catch. The announcers compared it to a play by Derek Jeter made in 2004. However, like Jeter, Kwan was slow to get up and appeared to be injured, although he raised his thumb and signified that he was okay.
At the bottom of the fifth, with two runners on, first baseman Carlos Santana scored from a hit by shortstop J.P. Crawford. Then another deep hit by Josh Naylor allowed Steven Kwan to score, although Kwan still appeared to be injured. This made the score 2-1.
The Mariners quickly caught up, though, and tied the game.
Mariners left fielder Jesse Winker was thrown out of the game after a controversial call. When the umpire signaled the strikeout, Winker fought with him—and was consequently removed from the game. Coach Scott Servais rushed from the dugout and defended his player. He was thrown out of the game, as well.
This game extended to eleven innings. The Mariners ended up winning with a walk-off single by Mitch Haniger, which allowed Dylan Moore to score and win the game.
The Guardians are still in first place in the AL Central. Tonight, they take on the Mariners at 10:10 p.m.