It was a successful trip to the Mile High City as the Cleveland Guardians completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. After needing extra-innings to win the first game, nine innings was all that was needed for the next two.
Cleveland outscored Colorado 15-10 with both teams tallying 31 hits each. The Guardians were 6-33 with runners in scoring position while the Rockies were 5-30. Cleveland’s 12 extra-base hits slightly edged out Colorado’s eight.
American League MVP frontrunner Jose Ramirez was up to his usual act in the series. Ramirez went 7-13 with three doubles, three RBI, two stolen bases, and one walk. Amed Rosario also contributed with six hits in 13 at-bats including a double, triple, and a homer with one stolen base.
Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase was able to register three saves as each game ended in a double-play. Clase now has 14 saves on the year, ranking sixth in all of baseball and six behind saves leader Taylor Rogers.
The sweep gives the Guardians their fourth straight win as they are now just two games back of the Twins for the division lead. Cleveland has been able to creep back into the mix thanks to stacking series wins on top of each other. This was the fifth straight series won by the Guardians, prior to that they were yet to win consecutive series this season. Their series win streak will be on the line beginning Friday night as they begin a tough match with the Dodgers. Even though the Dodgers are clearly the superior squadron, Cleveland may be catching them at just the right time. Los Angeles has lost six of their last 10 games while Cleveland has won 14 of their previous 18.