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Historic Homer Doesn’t Extend Cleveland Guardians’ Winning Streak

Hitting a home run in your first at-bat doesn’t happen every day. In fact, Jhonkensy Noel became only the fourth Cleveland hitter in history to do it.

The Guardians lost to the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 last night, breaking a seven-game winning streak.

Noel debuted at first base and gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead in the second with a 413-foot homer to center field off Grayson Rodriguez (9-3).

The only other Cleveland batters to hit a home run in their first at-bat were Earl Averill, Jay Bell, and Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Baltimore tied the score in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Gunnar Henderson.

Gabriel Arias put the Guardians back on top 2-1 with a solo home run in the top of the fifth, but the Cleveland offense stalled out for the rest of the game.

Henderson tied the score for Baltimore with a 424-foot blast to center field off Carlos Carrasco. Can someone tell me how Baltimore’s leadoff-hitting shortstop has 26 home runs?


At this point, Cleveland manager Stephen Vogt made a decision about the bullpen. The Guardians had already won the series, so everyone but Xzavion Curry was going to rest up for the four-game series in Kansas City.

Call it the “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” strategy.

Curry gave up home runs to Cedric Mullins in the seventh and Ryan O’Hearn in the eight to provide Baltimore with the winning margin.

On the other hand, Baltimore closer Craig Kimbrel struck out three in the ninth to secure his 17th save. Kimbrel is sixth on the all-time save list with 434.

Cleveland will visit Kansas City tonight at 8:10 p.m. Ben Lively (7-3) will start for the Guardians against Michael Wacha (4-6).


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