Offense was hard to come by for both teams as the Guardians and Astros combined for just three runs. Problem for Cleveland is that Houston managed to win by a 2-1 final score.
Cleveland managed just four hits and three walks in the contest. Reaching base was Amed Rosario (1-4), Jose Ramirez (1-3, BB), Josh Naylor (0-3, BB), Andres Gimenez (1-4), Ernie Clement (1-4), and Austin Hedges (0-2, BB). This simply is not good enough, especially considering the Guardians struck out 12 times in the loss.
Contrary to the loss on Tuesday, pitching was not the problem here. Cal Quantrill did more than enough to give Cleveland a chance to win only to be let down by the bats. Quantrill allowed just two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out two. Trevor Stephan and Bryan Shaw pitched two innings striking out four.
The Guardians are playing as expected currently. Cleveland is undergoing a transition period and that leads to disappointing losses such as this one and surprising wins like Monday.
The road trip continues as the Guardians travel to Detroit for a four-game series with the Tigers. It was a two game split last weekend in Cleveland between the two clubs.