After a 10-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox, acting manager Miguel Cairo pointed the finger at himself. Cleveland Guardians in 11 innings on Tuesday In the Guaranteed Rate field.
Misplays and early hitting were lacking from the Sox. It was the ill-timed walk — not that there are very good times to issue one — that sparked a two-run rally by the Guardians in the seventh to tie the game just after the Sox went ahead.
The Sox also put up a fight, scoring twice in the 10th against remarkable closer Emmanuel Klaas to extend the game another inning. But the Guardians took control in the 11th, scoring five runs, and cruised to an 8-2 victory Wednesday to open a six-game lead in the American League Central.
“It was a tough night because you want to second-guess yourself,” Cairo said before Wednesday’s game. “I looked back, I checked and I was like, ‘You’ve got to move on.’ You can’t just take it from one day to the next. That’s not right.
“I talked to people, see what they think. I have some friends and how I go about it. You’re going to learn. It’s my first management, so I’m learning a lot. “
The tough road back to the postseason just got tougher for the Sox with the Guardians leading the season series — 11-7 going into Wednesday — and thus the tiebreaker.
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The first meet of the season was delayed two days due to inclement weather in Cleveland.
When they finally took the field, some of the themes that would play out throughout the season were on display in the first game of the doubleheader. The Sox, who entered Wednesday tied for second with 96 errors, committed four on the afternoon.
The Guardians rattled off eight straight hits during a nine-run second inning, including a grand slam by Jose Ramirez.
“It’s a common problem — you have an off day and you have to push, and I didn’t push the club like I should have,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said after the game. “I take the heat. We weren’t ready to play early, and that’s my job.
Ironically, after a slow early game, we had about four or five really great defensive plays. That’s why I say look to me to get them ready to play, and I didn’t.
There are severe disadvantages. And then what happened to the Sox in the opening game of an early May homestand.
Aiming for their seventh straight win, the Sox opened the ninth with an 8-2 lead.
The Guardians shocked them with six in the inning, Josh Naylor’s grand slam against Liam Hendricks with two outs to tie the game.
Naylor hit a three-run homer off Ryan Burr in the 11th, and the Guardians handed the Sox perhaps their worst loss of 2022.
“Some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug,” Burr told reporters after the game. “Unfortunately I was a bug today. I was overwhelmed.”
The opener of the doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field had its ups and downs for the Sox, who fell behind 4-1 before tying the game with three in the seventh.
Naylor was the enemy again, pinch-hitting an RBI single against Hendricks to break the tie in the ninth. The Guardians scored two more in the inning as the Sox dropped their second straight coming out of the All-Star break.
“Tough loss,” La Rosa said after the game, “there’s not a lot of analysis.”
The Sox had Tristan McKenzie on the ropes in the first but didn’t get the knockout hit in Progressive Field.
Four of the first five batters had hits as the Sox took a 2-0 lead. But Yasmani Grandal turned into a double play in the bottom of the inning.
McKenzie struck out 14 in seven innings. The Sox struck out 17 times overall.
The Guardian went ahead with four in the seventh. Steven Cowan tied the game with an RBI triple against Renaldo Lopez. Amed Rosario gave up Lopez’s next pitch for a run-scoring single.
In that inning, La Rosa also included an intentional walk to Oscar Gonzalez on a 1-2 pitch, the second time the Sox have gone that route this season.
first time, June 9 against the Los Angeles DodgersHe was followed by a three-run homer. This time, the Sox got the next batter out of the inning by flying out.
The big story was McKenzie and the Sox’s inability to produce when they had opportunities, a problem that plagued the Sox all season.
“We had a chance to make it big in the first and then we had a chance to make it big in the fifth (failed to score after a leadoff double),” LaRosa said. “And he was pitching well, so usually it comes back to haunt you and it does.”