Series Recap: Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Guardians 5/13-5/15

Cleveland Guardians vs Texas Rangers 5/13-15/15

The Texas Rangers returned to Arlington, Texas, to open a six-game homestand when the team welcomed the Cleveland Guardians to Globe Life Field for a three-game set. Here’s what you need to know about the three games on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Before the ballgame, Texas announced its Diamond Days: Ring Series by confirming five day games with five elevated versions of their promotional replica rings on July 25, August 21, September 1, September 8, and September 19. If you’d like more information, you can click here.

Monday, May 13
The Rangers started a three-game set against the Guardians on the wrong foot on Josh Jung Jungle-cat Bobblehead night. The Rangers were blanked by the Guardians 7-0. Texas fell to 22-21, while Cleveland improved to 26-16.

After seven scoreless innings, Cleveland broke the scoreless deadlock with four runs in the top of the eighth inning. Brayan Rocchio singled on a fly ball to Leody Taveras. Estevan Florial scored to put the Guardians on the board 1-0. Rocchio went to second base. Jose Ramirez singled on a line drive to Taveras. Rocchio and Tyler Freeman scored to give the Guardians a 3-0 lead. Ramirez went to second base, while Andres Gimenez went to third base. Jacob Latz threw a wild pitch that scored Gimenez and made it a 4-0 game. Ramirez went to third base, while Josh Naylor went to second base.

As if things couldn’t get any worse, Cleveland’s offense continued its onslaught against the Rangers and tacked on three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Andres Gimenez doubled on a line drive to Ezequiel Duran. Brayan Rocchio scored for a 5-0 lead. Tyler Freeman went to third base. Jose Ramirez singled on a ground ball to Leody Taveras. Freeman and Gimenez scored to extend the Guardians’ lead to 7-0.

The Rangers suffered a 7-0 shutout against the Guardians and lost four of their last five games. For Texas, Jonah Heim went 0-for-4. And, for Cleveland, Emmanuel Clase pitched one inning and gave up two strikeouts. Rangers pitcher Michael Lorenzen pitched seven innings and gave up one hit, four walks, and four strikeouts. Meanwhile, Guardians pitcher Tanner Bibee pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.

Tuesday, May 14
The Rangers hosted the Guardians for the middle game and dropped a 7-4 decision. Texas fell to 22-22, while Cleveland improved to 27-16.

Rangers pitcher Jack Leiter pitched just 1 2/3 innings and gave up three hits, six earned runs, three walks, and one strikeout before leaving the mound. Meanwhile, Guardians pitcher Ben Lively pitched five innings and gave up five hits, three earned runs, three walks, and five strikeouts.

After a scoreless first inning, Cleveland scored a whopping six runs in the top of the second inning. Bo Naylor doubled on a sharp fly ball to Leody Taveras. Kyle Manzardo and Estevan Florial scored for a 2-0 lead. Andres Gimenez singled on a line drive to Taveras. Naylor scored to make it a 3-0 game. Tyler Freeman went to second base. Josh Naylor homered on a fly ball to right field. Freeman and Gimenez scored to extend the Guardians’ lead to 6-0 to end the inning.

The Rangers quickly responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Adolis Garcia homered on a fly ball to left field to reduce the Guardians’ lead to 6-1. The Rangers added a run in the bottom of the third inning. Corey Seager homered on a line drive to right field to reduce the Guardians’ lead to 6-2. The Rangers tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nathaniel Lowe homered on a fly ball to right field to cut the Guardians’ lead in half, 6-3.

The Rangers added to the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Josh Smith singled on a sharp line drive to Tyler Freeman. Adolis Garcia scored to cut the Guardians’ lead to 6-4. The Rangers pulled within three runs in the top of the ninth inning, but it was too little, too late. Andres Gimenez was out on a sacrifice fly to Leody Taveras. Brayan Rocchio scored to increase the Guardians’ lead to 7-4. Tyler Freeman went to third base with one out. The Rangers lost to the Guardians 7-4 after nine innings. For Texas, Nathaniel Lowe went 1-for-5. And, for Cleveland, Emmanuel Clase pitched one inning.

Wednesday, May 15
The Rangers and Guardians faced off in the rubber match on Adolis Garcia Call of Duty Endowment Bobblehead night. The Rangers shut out the Guardians 4-0 and avoided a sweep. Texas improved to 23-22, while Cleveland fell to 27-17.

Rangers pitcher Jon Gray pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Meanwhile, Guardians pitcher Carlos Carrasco pitched five innings and gave up five hits, two earned runs, one walk, and three strikeouts. After four scoreless innings, Texas got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning. Marcus Semien homered on a fly ball to left field. Leody Taveras scored for a 2-0 lead.

The Rangers added two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Adolis Garcia homered on a fly ball to left field. Nathaniel Lowe scored for a 4-0 lead. The Rangers had this game from start to finish and earned an 8-0 shutout over the Guardians after nine innings. For Texas, Kirby Yates pitched one inning and garnered three strikeouts. And, for Cleveland, Estevan Florial went 0-for-3.

Up Next
The Rangers will host the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game set starting Friday at 7:05 p.m. Central.

Ana Kieu

Ana Kieu is a journalist by trade. Her love for sports shows in her writing, editing, and podcasting work. She writes about MLB for Inside The Diamonds.

Leave a Reply

Where Are They Now? Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects From 2019

Where Are They Now? Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects From 2019

It’s been five years since 2019 and that’s roughly when you start to see prospects start to make their impact so today, we are going to take a look back at the Top 10 prospects for the Detroit Tigers by MLB Pipeline and where they are at now as we are seven weeks into the […]

Read More
Steven Kwan Swinging

How Steven Kwan’s Absence Has Affected the Cleveland Guardians

The Cleveland Guardians have lost outfielder Stevan Kwan how has his loss affected the team.

Read More
Becoming an Ace with No Run Support: Olson's 2024 Season

Becoming an Ace With No Run Support: Olson’s 2024 Season

The Detroit Tigers suffered an agonizing defeat to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, which tied the series, with each team having a win under their belt. It was the biggest pitchers’ duel of the season. Miami starter Ryan Weathers threw a perfect game until Wenceel Pérez broke it up in the 6th inning. Weathers’ opposition, […]

Read More