MLB

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cleveland0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 480
Colorado0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2112
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  W: T. McKenzie (4-5)   L: C. Kuhl (4-4)   S: E. Clase (14)
12:10 PM PT1:10 PM MT2:10 PM CT3:10 PM ET15:10 ET19:10 GMT3:10 12:10 PM MST2:10 PM EST2:40 PM VEN23:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, June 16, 2022
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 26,629

Steven Kwan's glove puts Guardians in position to sweep Rockies

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Guardians at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Rockies are 13-12 all-time in the regular season versus the Guardians. Their most recent series against each other came between August 7 and August 9 of the 2017 season where the Rockies took 3-of-4 from the Guardians.
  2. Shane Bieber collected his 700th career strikeout in his previous start against the Rangers. He did so in 93 games which is tied with Dwight Gooden for the second fewest games to reach 700 career strikeouts since 1901 (Only Yu Darvish was faster with 87 games).
  3. Jose Ramirez leads the majors with 59 RBI in 56 games played this season. Since 1920, Jose Ramirez has the most RBI within a player's first 60 games played for the Guardians in a season with no other Guardians' player recording more than 56 RBI in their first 60 games.
  4. Among players with at least 40 innings pitched in 2022, Rockies' starter Antonio Senzatela has the highest opponent batting average (.383). The next highest opponent average for a pitcher is over 60 points fewer than Senzatela' s opponent average (Jose Urquidy - .322).
  5. Yonathan Daza has a .331 average through his first 48 games played for the Rockies this season. This is the highest average for a Rockies player through their first 48 games played in a season since DJ LeMahieu hit .337 in his first 48 games played with Colorado in 2015.
  6. Oscar Gonzalez recorded his 25th career hit in his 15th game played for the Guardians. Gonzalez is the fastest player (in terms of games played) to record 25 career hits among any player to begin their career as a Guardian.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/14/2022 thru 6/16/2022

The hot Cleveland Guardians will look to complete a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies when the teams square off on Thursday afternoon in Denver.

The Guardians will shoot for their 13th win in 16 games.

Jose Ramirez has been carrying Cleveland all season, but the biggest play in Cleveland's 7-5 victory Wednesday was made by left fielder Steven Kwan.

The Guardians led 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh and the Rockies had runners on first and third with two outs.

Colorado's Jose Iglesias feasted on a pitch from Cleveland right-hander Trevor Stephan and sent a deep liner to left. Kwan dashed to his right and made a diving catch on the warning track to keep the Guardians ahead.

As Cleveland manager Terry Francona noted, the Rockies surely take the lead if Kwan's dive comes up empty.

"I thought he had zero chance of catching that," Francona said. "I'm thinking, 'He's going to leave his feet, and that guy at first is going to score.' And he willed himself to catch that ball. That was a great play."

Iglesias couldn't believe what he was seeing.

"Maybe the play of the year right there," Iglesias said. "With the situation it was in and everything, it was pretty amazing. Unfortunately we get to see the dark side of it."

The big defensive play helped send the Rockies to their ninth setback in the past 13 games. Colorado also has lost its past six home games.

Meanwhile, the red-hot Ramirez went 4-for-5 on Wednesday and teammate Amed Rosario scored four times while going 3-for-5 with his first homer of the season. Rosario fell a double short of hitting for the cycle.

Ramirez is 14-for-29 (.483) with two homers, seven doubles and nine RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak. He produced at least one extra-base hit in each of the games, and he leads the major leagues with 62 RBIs.

Rosario is 17-for-39 (.436) with 12 runs during a nine-game hitting streak. The homer he hit Wednesday traveled 447 feet.

"I think getting that home run out of his system will help him a little bit," Francona said. "It's been nagging at him."

The Rockies have been outscored 41-24 during their six-game home slump, which began with four losses to the Atlanta Braves earlier this month. The drought continued with a 4-3 loss in 10 innings to the Guardians on Tuesday.

Colorado manager Bud Black bemoaned the lack of clutch hitting in the Wednesday loss.

"We just couldn't generate the big hit when we needed to," Black said.

The Rockies sustained a blow prior to the game when they learned right-handed setup man Tyler Kinley (0.75 ERA) will undergo surgery for an elbow strain and flexor tear in his forearm. Black said he expects the operation to be season-ending.

Guardians right-hander Triston McKenzie (3-5, 3.09 ERA) will make his 12th appearance (11th start) of the season in the finale. The 24-year-old has allowed just 39 hits in 64 innings, but 11 of them were homers.

McKenzie is winless in his past three starts. He lost the first two before receiving a no-decision against the Oakland Athletics on Friday when he gave up two runs (both on solo homers) and five hits over six innings.

McKenzie is set to make his first career appearance against the Rockies.

Colorado will counter with right-hander Chad Kuhl (4-3, 3.70), who will make his 12th start of the season.

Kuhl, 29, lost to the San Diego Padres on Friday when he gave up five runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. It was his third loss in his past four decisions.

Kuhl beat Cleveland last season as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, when he gave up one run and four hits over six innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 16, 2022


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