The Cleveland Guardians bounced back from dropping Monday’s night doubleheader to the Kansas City Royals with a 4-1 victory over their division rival Tuesday night.
In the first inning, Kansas City starting pitcher Daniel Lynch walked Myles Straw and Oscar Mercado before giving up a single to Jose Ramirez to load the bases. He caught a break when a 3-2 fastball scraped the edge of the strike zone for a called third strike against Franmil Reyes, but Yu Chang came to the plate ready to do some manage. He lined the first pitch to left field, where Andrew Benintendi slipped coming in on the ball and then tried desperately to reach up and snag it before it could go over his head. But the ball glanced off his glove, leading to a bases-clearing triple for Chang and a 3-0 lead for the Guardians.
Ernie Clement, after preventing a run from scoring in the top of second inning with an impressive off balance throw to first on an inning-ending double play, came through again in the bottom of the second inning, launching a solo shot off Lynch to make it a 4-0 lead.
Fortunately, that was all the scoring Cleveland would need with Cal Quantrill on the mound. The Guardians ace went 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits, two walks, and one earned run over that stretch. The lone blemish was a seventh inning solo homer to Hunter Dozier. His slider was his deadliest weapon Tuesday night, often using it to get ahead early in at-bats. Quantrill also benefitted from some nice defensive plays behind him, particularly from Clement.
Blake Parker, Bryan Shaw, and Emmanuel Clase combined to hold Kansas City scoreless over the last 2.1 innings, though the Royals did end up outhitting the Guardians on the night.