The tripartite dispute for the American League Center pennant is still far from resolved. However, Cleveland Defenders is slowly starting to withdraw with less than three weeks left.
The Guardians won 5-1 against pennants Minnesota Twins in the first match of their seventh doubles game.
The Guardians’ start, Shane Bieber (11-8) rocked solidly from start to finish, keeping Minnesota off the table before allowing just one run in season eight.
Reflecting on his performance after the game, Bieber said:
“I have to commend the whole offense because when they get an early lead it makes it a lot easier for the field staff and the defense. I found myself in control of the course in between rounds. All in all, it’s a good start for doubles. “
While Bieber was working on the mound, José Ramírez was lifting heavy objects with his cane.
Celebrating his 30th birthday, Ramírez unleashed a homer solo in the first inning to spark the Guardian’s attack. It was the 191st home run of his career, the 11th most in Guardians history.
Amed Rosario’s RBI single doubled the advantage in the third inning before Owen Miller’s double-played single gave the Guardians breathing space.
Rosario added another single in the sixth game to make it 5-0, but as the Yankees showed, even a five-run cushion is no guarantee.
However, Shane Bieber is no Frankie Montas and the Guardians, unlike the Yankees, have a reliable pitch to depend on.
Shane Bieber’s Splendid Performance Helped the Cleveland Defenders Win
Shane Bieber only conceded once – Matt Wallner’s solo song – at the top of the table. Turns out this was the only time that the Twins managed to sign up.
The 2020 AL Cy Young winner allowed only four in total and no ninth walk in 28 outings.
Commenting on Bieber’s contributions after the game, Guardians midfielder Owen Miller said:
“When Shane throws the ball, it’s just a different feeling because the innings go by and it’s really fun to watch. With him on the mound, he was as good as anyone. I’m glad we were able to earn some runs for him. “
The Cleveland Guardians have now won 10 of their last 12 games and are 4.5 games ahead of second-placed Chicago White Sox. The Twins came in at number three, after six games.
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