Kwan Wins It – Jays Ahead!

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, pinch hitter Josh Naylor came in and tied the game up with a single to center, giving the Guardians some hope of a comeback. After a scoreless 9th inning, the game was sent into extras. Following pitcher Nick Sandlin’s shutout upper half of the inning, the Guardians had a chance to win it with runners on first and second. At this point, there was nobody fans would rather see at the plate than breakout rookie Steven Kwan.

With a 2-1 count and a chance to win the ball game, Kwan did just that for the Guardians. The rookie from Oregon State swung on the low slider and put it in the outfield to score Owen Miller and win the second half of the double-header with the San Diego Padres.

Kwan has been nothing short of phenomenal this year, with a .328 batting average. That makes for the 12th best average in the entire MLB, first on the team. Steven Kwan’s historical rookie season should definitely be something that excites Guardians fans for the future of the team.

After the thrilling win, the Guardians stay at home as they look forward to facing the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at 6:10 PM. At 16-10, the Blue Jays sit just 2.5 games back in the AL East Division. Coming off a win against the steaming hot Yankees, the Jays are coming to Cleveland looking to start a winning streak of their own.

Winning four of their last five, the Guardians are on somewhat of a hot streak themselves. Standing 3.5 games back and 2nd in the AL Central, the Guardians need to keep winning. Aaron Civale (0-2) will get the start tonight against Toronto’s Jose Berrios (2-0). The Jays come to Progressive favored in the matchup with -149 odds. After pitching four innings and giving up six runs against the Athletics on Friday, Civale looks to redeem himself tonight against AL MVP candidate Vladimir Guerro Jr. and the Blue Jays.

It will certainly be a tough matchup, but if the Guardians can pull off the win tonight, it will give fans a lot of hope and trust in this young team heading forward.

*This article was posted by a student from Solon High School doing his Senior Project with Cleveland Sports Talk*

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