There is nothing like walk-off win in extra-innings to get a home stand started. After finding themselves down 2-0 early, to the Oakland Athletics of all teams, the Cleveland Guardians sprung into action. Immediately after Oakland doubled their slim lead, Cleveland erased it in the bottom of the 7th to get the game back level. It was just a few innings later that their patented Guardiac Kids magic did the rest.
After keeping the A's off the scoreboard in the top of 10th, Cleveland had just a few things go their way. First Oakland opted to intentionally walk Josh Naylor to set up the double play. Then it was a sacrifice attempt from Tyler Freeman which saw him actually reach first to load the bases. The table was now set for Andres Gimenez to play hero and play hero he did.
A 1-1 slider from Trevor May hung middle-middle and Gimenez proceeded to drive it into right field allowing Jose Ramirez to score the game-winning run.
This exactly the type of batted ball that Gimenez needed at this moment. Whether it lands for a hit or is caught for an out, the ball was deep enough that the end result was always going to be a walk-off win for the Guardians.
Coming back to win this game was huge for the Guardians. Cleveland cannot afford to lose games to teams like the lowly Oakland Athletics. This is exactly the type of team where winning the series against them is the acceptable bare minimum and a sweep is the goal.
The Guardians are now within one game of the American League Central division leading Minneosta Twins. Minnesota was throttled by Boston as they lost their third straight game in what can only be described as perfect timing for Cleveland. The west coast trip did not go as planned for the Guardians, winning just two of six contests. But with the Twins showing their true colors and coming back down to earth where they belong, it allows the Guardians to stay in the mix for the division lead.