Yankees 3-2 Guardians: Oswaldo Cabrera’s two-run homer propels Pinstripes to victory

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Amanda Paula
Saturday April 13, 2024

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New York Yankees 3-2 Cleveland Guardians

In a nail-biting clash, the New York Yankees clinched a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Guardians in the opening game of a split doubleheader, propelled by Oswaldo Cabrera‘s timely two-run homer. This win not only extends their stellar start to the season but also aligns with the franchise’s best-ever record through 14 games.

New York’s triumph was anchored by starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt, who delivered a solid performance, conceding only one run across five-plus innings before yielding to the bullpen. A seamless transition ensued as Caleb Ferguson, Ian Hamilton, and closer Clay Holmes combined forces to stave off a late Guardians rally in the ninth inning, securing Holmes’s sixth save of the season.

Cabrera’s heroics came to the fore in the sixth inning when he launched his third homer of the season off reliever Nick Sandlin, fortifying the Yankees’ lead to 3-0. Despite a late surge from the Guardians, highlighted by a two-run rally in the sixth, New York’s defense held firm, clinching a hard-fought victory.

Resilience and maneuvering highlight Yankees’ performance

Players of the New York Yankees: Clarke Schmidt and Jose Trevino
Yankees

The clash was emblematic of New York’s resilience, with Schmidt adeptly maneuvering out of precarious situations in the fourth and fifth innings, notably aided by inning-ending double plays. However, Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco proved a formidable adversary, limiting the Yankees to just one run over 4 2/3 innings despite grappling with five walks.

As the teams navigated through the aftermath of Friday’s rainout, which necessitated the doubleheader, anticipation mounted for the evening fixture at Progressive Field. With the stage set for the second game at 6:10 p.m., both sides are poised to renew their battle in what promises to be another fiercely contested showdown.

The squad

The Yankees hitting rotation
The Yankees pitching rotatio

Looking ahead

Looking ahead, the Yankees anticipate the imminent return of third baseman DJ LeMahieu, who is progressing well in his recovery from a broken foot. Meanwhile, the Guardians are buoyed by the impending simulated game for pitcher Gavin Williams, signaling a step forward in his rehabilitation journey from elbow soreness.

As the action unfolds in Game 2, all eyes will be on Yankees right-hander Cody Poteet as he makes his much-anticipated season and New York debut, squaring off against Guardians’ right-hander Triston McKenzie, who showcased his prowess with a stellar performance in Monday’s home opener.

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