The Guardians Sweep the Double-Header–From AL Central Rival White Sox

You wanted your first win at home!

Well, you got it for an 11-1 blowout victory!

Not just one win, but two!

A pitchers’ duel during the nightfall where the Guardians seized a 2-1 nail-bitter win.

Who is in first place in the AL Central now?

The way I see it is the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Guardians are both at a (6-5) mark.

Cleveland is on top! On the other hand, Chicago is still right behind them.

Anything can happen! So far, the Guardians are up, 2-0!

Game 1: It all started for the Guardians as Amed Rosario grounded into a force out scoring Myles Straw, 1-0 Cleveland in the bottom of the first inning. However, the bottom half of the second inning turned into a whirlwind nightmare for Dallas Kuechel (1-1), who gave up a left-field single to Straw hitting the ball towards left fielder Andrew Vaughn as Gabriel Arias rounded the bases.

The onslaught continued when Ernie Clement stepped up to the dish and singled on a ground ball to left sending Oscar Mercado to home plate for a 3-0 cushion. Then, all the ducks came right off the pound when Jose Ramirez made his entrance into the batter’s box as he decided to go to left as well. Ramirez touched them all on a 386-foot grand slam putting this matchup out of reach for a, 7-0 swing. In essence, Ramirez tallied his fourth grand slam overall. Kuechel only lasted one inning giving up 10 hits, eight earned runs, one walk, with an ERA of 16.50. Not the Kuechel we were used to seeing on this afternoon.

On the other hand, Shane Bieber got his first major league win of the season as he was just dominant. Bieber recorded six solid innings allowing four hits, one earned run, seven strikeouts and posted an earn run average of 2.25.

Game 2: The nightcap turned into an epic pitchers’ duel. In the bottom of the first inning, guess who! It’s Jose Ramirez to the rescue for the Guardians, who drove in Steve Kwan. Ramirez has five doubles on the season, which gave the Guardians a 1-0 lead. As the bottom of the fourth rolled on for the home team, Oscar Mercado decided he wanted a double in his hit column and he cashed in Arias scored on the play for a 2-0 Cleveland lead. But, hold your horses Cleveland fans! The White Sox scored in the top of the fifth, where Danny Mendick joined the doubles party for his second double of the season getting Reese McGuire to come on home.

In theory, Adam Engel wanted to test the outfield arm of Steve Kwan. Kwan launched the deep pass to catcher Bryan Lavastida as Engel was out to prevent the tie from happening. A game-saving play indeed! Triston McKenzie had a nice day for the Guardians throwing 4.1 innings, allowing one hit, one earned run, four walks and striking out four total. Moreover, the win went to left-handed bullpen specialist Anthony Goose (1-0) with 1.2 innings pitched and also fanned four batters. Goose has an ERA of 1.80.

Meanwhile, the holds went to Nick Sandlin and Trevor Stephan, where Emmanuel Clase went on to close the door for good on the White Sox’s offense. Clase recorded his first save of the season.

For the White Sox, Jimmy Lambert takes the loss (0-2) as he lasted 3.2 innings, five hits, two earned runs, two walks and five K’s. Lambert has an ERA of 5.40 with 6.2 innings recorded, six strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.50.

Therefore, we have one more game to go at Progressive Field starting 1:10 pm on April 21st, 2022.

Will we see the Guardians sweep the series and go up, 3-0 on the White Sox? Or, will Chicago leapfrog past the Guardians for the top spot in the AL Central?

We shall all find out starting on Thursday afternoon.

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