Triston McKenzie gives up one hit, Emmanuel Clayse avoids a ninth and the Keepers win 2-0 against the Yankees


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CLEVELAND, Ohio. A masterful start by Triston McKenzie, a good time by Franmil Reyes and Emmanuel Clase avoiding a jam in the ninth inning led the Guardian to Sunday’s 2-0 victory over the Yankees at Progressive Field.

McKenzie threw seven innings against baseball’s top team, conceding just one hit—a broken bat to the Yankees’ lone that day—Josh Donaldson—in the fourth inning. He also passed just one batter and hit one batter en route to seven strikes and his fifth win of the year.

His play helps Cleveland (40-36) avoid a season loss to the Yankees, who have lost just six times in their last 32 games.

“I don’t think any of us came into this game considering the Yankees as the No. 1 team in baseball,” McKenzie said. “We came here looking at them as a team that we have to beat. Things went wrong in the first two games yesterday and today we came out ready to win.”

After McKenzie came out, Eli Morgan sent off all three batters he faced in the eighth, eliminating Joey Gallo and Marvin Gonzalez. In the ninth class, he avoided a frightening situation and secured the victory.

After Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo made it to base on a walk, Stanton made it to base due to an error by Owen Miller. With two outs and two strikeouts, the Yankees brought in Aaron Judge to strike. After a grueling six-inning game, Judge walked out on Clays.

It took three innings for the Guardians forward to force Aaron Hicks to submit, end the game and secure the win. It was Klas’ 19th save of the season.

On Sunday, McKenzie (5-6, 3.71) hit multiple home runs in six of his previous eight starts. In the last five starts alone, he’s turned down 10 homers. All numbers that don’t bode well when you’re going up against the league’s top team in home runs (133).

Prior to the game, Cleveland pitching coach Carl Willis said that McKenzie’s problems with longball had more to do with his fastball team, and that given his profile with his fastball and twist ball, he might be more prone to home runs if pitches weren’t placed properly. manner. However, when he turns down homers, it helps that most of them were single shots.

After the win, McKenzie agreed that the placement of his pitches was key in this game.

“The difference between this game and the last couple of games was that they felt a little more uncomfortable at the plate and used all of my passes back and forth,” McKenzie said. “I used my spin ball well to kind of slow them down and I think that just helped get the guys off balance and helped keep my heater useful from the first half to the last inning.”

On Sunday, McKenzie seemed to have a good team and, along with the strategic use of his crooked ball, moved his pitches all over the zone. He caught two slugging lookers and five swingers.

He retired the first 10 batters he faced and went through the top of the Yankee order—Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton, and Donaldson—mostly unscathed. He passed Stanton in the fourth inning and conceded a single to Donaldson in the next match. However, McKenzie went out of the inning, forcing Gleiber Torres into a force-out and José Trevino into out.

It was the closest MacKenzie ever got into trouble.

“He was impressive,” manager Terry Francona said of McKenzie. “It was really impressive. We’ve seen the first games, if you give them an inch they’ll probably knock them out. And he served really aggressively, stayed away from the center, twisted the ball, it was fun to watch.

After Torres chose a fielder, the only other batter McKenzie allowed to reach base was Gonzalez, who received a pitch on a four-way machine that went too far inside.

Offensively, Franmil Reyes was the star of the show.

In the bottom half of the fourth, the Guardians were on the board when he hit a home run in the stands on an 81.1 mph curl ball that was hanging too high in the middle of the plate. It was Reyes’ sixth home run of the year and his second this weekend. He hit a solo homer in the second inning of Game 1 in Saturday’s doubleheader against New York.

In the eighth inning, with Cleveland leading 1-0, Stephen Kwan started the inning with a single and Rosario followed it up with another before Gabriel Arias went into a tough 4-2-3 double play that ended in a third man’s elimination. from the bottom. first, while Kwan is at home. This set the stage for Reyes to come out with a huge RBI single on the right.

“That was more important to me than the home run,” Reyes said of his critical eighth inning at-bat. “In this game, there was insurance for the team. You know that I needed it. The boys needed it, and I was very happy about it.”

Day off for Ramirez

Jose Ramirez was out of the roster on Sunday, but that was only to give the Guardians some rest before tomorrow’s doublehead against the Tigers, their third doublehead in six days.

“I just thought he was tired,” Francona said. “I know how hard it is to not have him in the lineup, but if you go too far and find out the hard way, like losing a guy for a week or two, I just thought he really needed a break. And I didn’t want to resort to pinching. I just wanted him to have a break. A little different on the side of the Yankees. They have a day off tomorrow, we have a doubleheader.”

Next: The Guardians will head to Detroit and begin their seven-game trip with a split doubleheader in Detroit on Monday. The first pitch in Game 1 against the Tigers will take place at 1:10 p.m. ET. RHP Zak Plesak (2-5, 3.86) will take on RHP Garrett Hill, who is making his Major League debut. Games will be broadcast on Bally’s Sports Great Lakes, WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM and Guardians Radio Network.

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