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Something Wild: Bo Naylor Sacrifice Fly Wins It for Cleveland Guardians

When bad baseball teams make mistakes, good teams make them pay.

Chicago White Sox reliever Michael Kopech temporarily lost the ability to pitch, leading to a 7-6 win for the Cleveland Guardians last night.

The score was tied 6-6 in the ninth inning and Andres Gimenez was on second base. Kopech delivered a VERY wild pitch that went behind pinch-hitter Bo Naylor.

Gimenez advanced to third base. Kopech’s next pitch almost went over the catcher’s head. Bo Naylor found a decent pitch to hit for a game-winning sacrifice fly.


For a team that was 30 games behind the Guardians, the White Sox put up a tough fight.

Andrew Vaughn hit his 11th home run of the year to give Chicago a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Daniel Schneemann gave Cleveland a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the third. Brayan Rocchio added a run-scoring single in the fifth.

However, Chicago tied the game in the sixth on a two-run bomb by Luis Robert Jr.

Cleveland scored three in the bottom of the sixth to go up 6-3. Josh Naylor scored on a throwing error by shortstop Paul DeJong, and Tyler Freeman hit a two-run homer.

The White Sox still didn’t go away, scoring three runs of their own in the top of the seventh. Lenyn Sosa hit an RBI single and scored on a two-run double by Robert.

Cleveland’s unsung hero was reliever Scott Barlow. He struck out the side in the eighth inning. Emmanuel Clase pitched a scoreless ninth to set the stage for the Guardians’ winning rally.

These two teams will meet again tonight at 6:40. Gavin Williams is finally back from his elbow injury and will make his first start of the season against Erick Fedde (5-3, 3.23 ERA).



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