It wasn’t a rocking series for the Cleveland Guardians (4-5), who have been swept by the San Francisco Giants (7-2), 8-1 to close out Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. The visiting Giants have won five games in a row. Moreover, Cleveland was overmatched offensively as they managed to score four runs in the three-game set. San Francisco tallied sixteen runs as the offensive prowess for the hometown Guardians was stagnant.
Meanwhile, Alex Wood threw a gem going five innings, allowing four hits, struck out five, two walks, and a 1.93 ERA. The Giants bullpen Zack Littell, Tyler Beede, and Sam Long shut down the rest of the Guardians lineup to give Wood his first win of the regular season. On the flip side, Aaron Civale (0-1) had a rough day on the hill going four innings, allowing four runs three of them earned, one walk, five strikeouts and one homer with a 6.14 ERA. Cleveland just struggled to keep the game close as Eli Morgan and Anthony Castro gave up four more runs to put this matchup out of reach.
Austin Hedges drove a single in the seventh inning scoring Amed Rosario rounded the bases for the only RBI of the ball game. For the Giants, Thairo Estrada launched a two-run home run as Wilmer Flores scored to give the Giants, a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Estrada doubled in the sixth inning getting Joc Pederson to score.
Furthermore, Estrada had two hits, two runs scored, and four RBI’s with two homers on the season. Brandon Belt also went deep in the top of the seventh inning on a two-run shot his third of the year, where Austin Slater touched home base as the Giants were up 8-0. The Giants outhit the Guardians, 11-6. Cleveland was 1/8 with runners in scoring position compared to the Giants, who went 3/11. In the previous battle, the Guardians were defeated, 4-2 and were 1 for 11 on base. San Francisco launched 27 hits to Cleveland’s 17.
Currently, Owen Miller is hitting .500, he has nine runs scored, 14 hits, two home runs, and seven RBIs, and and on-base percentage of .545. Jose Ramirez smashed three homers, 15 RBI hitting at a .457 clip. To round out the order, Myles Straw is hitting .333 at the dish, he collected 12 hits, with four stolen bases and has rounded the bases for a total of ten times.
Now, the attention has turned to the first place AL Central Divisional Leaders the (6-3) Chicago White Sox. The Guardians have lost three in a row and they are still looking for their first win at home. Likewise, Cleveland will have a four-game set starting tomorrow night at 6:10 pm. The most feared hitter in the White Sox’s lineup has been their star in Tim Anderson, who has 11 hits, one homer and hitting over four hundred. Jake Burger, and Andrew Vaughn both have hitting averages over a three hundred mark under skipper Tony La Russa.
Taking the hill to start off this new series will be left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel, who has a 5.40 earn run average, struck out five and a (1-0) record. Keuchel will be opposed by Shane Bieber looking for his first win on the mound at a 2.70 ERA, and Bieber has fanned nine batters thus far into the season.
Will the Guardians finally win their first home game at Progressive Field? Can Cleveland score early on to get Keuchel out of the game? Or, are the Chicago White Sox going to win their seventh game of the season, and continue to be a major force in the entire American League?