Cleveland Guardians have every right to smile after Saturday’s game. Left fielder Steven Kwan saved the day for the Guardians when he broke the tie 3-3 by connecting a solo home run to center field in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Guardians a 4-3 lead. What a way for Steven Khan to hit his first home run of the season. Guardians defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 to split the series.
The Guardians winning on Saturday is a feel-good victory for the ball club. They had a tough road trip in Boston and New York. The Guardians lost two out of three against the Red Sox, two out of three against the Yankees and were shut out 2-0 on Friday night by the Twins. It’s a good bounce-back win for the Guardians. Offensively, they need to improve on their plate discipline. They continuously swing at everything and not swinging at strike pitches. As for their pitching, they came through on Saturday. Guardians pitchers struck out nine Minnesota Twins batters. Logan Allen started the game for the Guardians. He pitched five innings, gave up two earned runs, seven hits, and had three strikeouts. Trevor Stephan got the win. Stephan pitched one inning, gave up one earned run, but had two strikeouts. Closer Emmanuel Clase picked up his 11th save of the season.
Twins right fielder Max Kepler has been giving Cleveland many problems during this series. He has connected two home runs and four RBIs. Cleveland needs an answer on Sunday afternoon to take this series from Minnesota. Neutralizing Kepler will be vital for them on Sunday. They can’t afford to lose another series.
Joe Ryan, undefeated with a 5-0 record, will play for the Twins on Sunday. Cal Quantrill (1-2) will take the mound for the Guardians. Minnesota is currently in first place in the AL Central. Cleveland trails Minnesota by 3 1/2 games and 1/2 game behind the Detroit Tigers.