The Cleveland Guardians have been nothing short of dominant as the season has dwindled down in recent months. Their consistent offense, now-dominant pitching, and ludicrous defense this season have been something out of another timeline.
The young cast that manager Terry Francona has picked and precisely placed has emerged as a team bound for the playoffs.
After losing their first series in what feels like forever to the Seattle Mariners over the weekend, the Guardians started their series against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night in dominating fashion.
Whether it was the outstanding defensive efforts from Will Benson as he dove into the outfield wall or the continued Rookie-of-the-Year play from Steven Kwan, the Guardians lit up Progressive Field with a 5-1 win last night.
The single Orioles run came in the top of the second when first baseman Ryan Mountcastle recorded a sacrifice fly, sending third baseman Ramón Urias home. That would be the only run Cal Quantrill would give up, as he struck out four in his six innings of work.
Trevor Stephan, professional hype man James Karinchak, and Emmanuel Clase – quickly becoming one of the most dominant bullpens in the game – closed things out.
On the offensive side of things, Kwan and Josh Naylor both recorded two RBIs (with Naylor hitting his 16th home run), while Amed Rosario added one.
With their victory Tuesday, the Guardians improved to 68-59 on the season to continue their 1.5-game lead in the AL Central over the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles on the other hand continue to set up camp three games out of the final AL Wild Card spot with a record of 67-61.
These two teams will continue their three-game stretch tonight, with the first pitch set for 6:10 p.m.