Early on Friday night it looked like the Cleveland Guardians were well on their way to winning their first game of the second half. The team was able to jump on Jon Gray early, but were unable to convert any chances beyond their lone inning of putting runs up on the board.
The 3rd inning saw Cleveland's brotherly combo of Bo Naylor and Josh Naylor both homered in the inning. This made them the first pair to do so since 2013 when B.J. Upton and Justin Upton accomplished the feat and just the ninth instance since 1900. The history does not just stop there as they are the first pair of brothers to have multi-run homers in the same inning in baseball history.
Unfortunately their incredible feat would end up going to waste as things unraveled for the Guardians shortly after.
Texas would go on to score 12 unanswered runs with most of them coming against the Guardians bullpen. Guardians starter Aaron Civale gave up the first two, but he still pitched well and deep enough to be in position to win should the bullpen have done their job.
There was only one relief arm that came into the game that did not give up a run, Nick Sandlin. Every other pitcher that Terry Francona turned to was incredibly hittable and the Rangers did damage time and time again. Eli Morgan (1), Sam Hentges (3), Enyel De Los Santos (2), and Cody Morris (4) were the pitchers taking the brunt of Texas' relentless offensive attack. It did not matter who was on the mound or what they threw, it was getting hit and hit hard.
The Guardians fall back below .500 with the loss and now trail the Minnesota Twins by half a game in the American League Central Division. This loss combined with exhausting five bullpen arms and the uncertain status of Shane Bieber moving forward makes things murky at best for Cleveland. A lot of things will have to go just right for the Guardians and that may be too much to ask for at this current moment in time.