The Cleveland Guardians found themselves on the wrong end of Game 1 of the ALDS on Tuesday night.
After working to get New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole‘s pitch count up above 60 pitches before the end of the third inning, they were unable to muster anything more and fell by a final of 4-1.
The only offense came from Rookie of the Year candidate Steven Kwan, who hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning to put the Guardians on top.
After the game, Kwan expressed his confidence in his team to bounce back in Game 2, with staff ace Shane Bieber on the mound.
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Bieber Gets Game 2
Bieber obviously pitched quite well against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series this past Friday, allowing just one run over 7.2 innings and striking out eight batters.
He’ll be up against left-hander Nestor Cortes on Thursday.
But Bieber has been the stop-gap this season for the Guardians.
In 31 starts during the regular season, Bieber logged exactly 200 innings and went 13-8 with a 2.88 ERA.
Game 2 is an important game for the Guardians, as they look to even things up before the series shifts to Progressive Field in Cleveland, but having Bieber may give them an advantage against a powerful Yankees lineup.
The game will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Eastern Time.
Bieber was obviously very effective during the regular season and in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Rays last Friday.
So, having him on the mound could be a huge boost for the Guardians as they try to avoid falling into a daunting 2-0 hole and having to pull off three straight wins in order to advance to the ALCS.