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Three observations of losing guards to sailors, 8-5

Three observations of losing guards to sailors, 8-5

The Cleveland Guardians started a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday evening, but the opener did not go in the Guardians’ favor. Seattle took an early lead and eventually won 8-5.

Here are three observations and takeaways from Cleveland’s loss.

Triston McKenzie lasted only 2.1 innings, gave up four runs on three hits, walked four and didn’t hit a single batter. This was disappointing as he had just gotten off to a solid start against the Cincinnati Reds. The problem with this start was clear; McKenzie had trouble throwing strikes and pitches over the plate were crushed.

McKenzie primarily threw his four-seam fastball and his velocity was noticeably higher as he topped out at 90.3 mph and averaged 92.2. The problem was he had no control over where the field went.

The Guardians have just played 26 games in 27 days. Using six pitchers out of the bullpen is certainly no way to start that grueling schedule.

Hitting with runners in scoring position was one of Cleveland’s biggest strengths early in the season. Now it’s costing them games and their loss to the Mariners is a perfect example of that.

The Guardians loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning and had a great opportunity to get to the Mariners starter Bryce Molenaar. The only point Cleveland scored from this opportunity was on a Daniel Schneemann ground-out, fielder’s choice.

As a team, Cleveland went 3-for-16 with RISP. This is something the Guardians need to get right again to get back on track.

Daniel Schneemann runs out of the penalty area after colliding with a fielder's choice.

June 18, 2024; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians center fielder Daniel Schneemann (10) grounded out on a fielder’s choice while driving in a run in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field. Mandatory credits: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports / David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

For what it’s worth, the Guardians are still hitting the ball with some force against the Mariners. Cleveland finished with eight hard-hit balls and struck out just five times as a team. Andres Gimenez, Will BrennanSchneemann, and Jose Ramirez each had hits with an exit velocity of over 100 mph.

They made a lot of contact, but it just didn’t result in the big hit.

Perhaps this is a bright spot in the loss and here’s hoping the Guardians can absorb some of these hard blows and pull out a win on Wednesday.