Trailing by one and down to their final out of the game, it was Jose Ramirez to the plate with two on and two out in the bottom of the 9th. It took just two pitches for Ramirez to drive a double into the gap allowing Myles Straw to tie the game and Steven Kwan to win it for the Guardians by a score of 4-3.
Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley had walked both Straw and Kwan with one out in the inning to set up Ramirez for his late game heroics. Helsley has dealt with some issues at the back end of St. Louis' pen and they resurfaced at just the right time for Cleveland.
This was a huge win for the Guardians as it looked like they were on track to lose their sixth series after both teams split the first two games. This also would have been their fourth consecutive series loss and ninth in thier last 12. Considering how the Guardians lost in extra-innings Saturday night, this is an impressive turnaround in a very short period of time. While things are still going not great, being able to turn what seemed like a sure loss into a victory seems like a sign of good things to come.
Flipping a loss into a win like this is what could jumpstart this Guardians sqaud for the rest of the season. This team has lacked any sense of urgency through thier first 50+ games and it usually results in deflating defeats in one way or the other. Perhaps winning a game like this sparks some fight in this young team and finally gets them going, and not be just another in a long line of false starts.
Cleveland will head out on the road to take on the Orioles and Twins for three and four games respectively. Hopefully some momentum from this game carries over into this next week as they work on getting back to .500 and closing the gap in the division.