Wednesday, June 5

Guardians’ Bibee strikes out 8 vs Rockies, wins MLB debut

CLEVELAND — Tanner Bibee struck out eight and allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in his main league debut and the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Wednesday to keep away from a three-game sweep.

Bibee, a 24-year-old right-hander, was referred to as up from Triple-A Columbus earlier than the sport and have become the second Cleveland pitcher in 4 days to win his main league debut. Logan Allen received his debut Sunday in opposition to Miami.

“We were roommates in Columbus, so it’s pretty cool to see,” Bibee mentioned. “I think a week ago we were at home against Toledo and I had a pretty bad start against Toledo.”

Bibee had a very good begin in opposition to Colorado. He gave up six hits and didn’t stroll a batter. Bibee took a shutout into the sixth inning earlier than Colorado scored on Kris Bryant’s RBI single. He was pulled after Ryan McMahon’s two-out single. The rookie bought a pat on the again from supervisor Terry Francona and obtained an ovation from the group of 9,841 as he walked to the dugout.

Injuries to Triston McKenzie and Aaron Civale have compelled the Guardians to show to their prime minor league prospects prior to anticipated. Bibee tried to not concentrate on what was occurring on the main stage.

“It creeps into your head a little bit, but you have to throw in the minors and if you don’t perform down there, it’s not going to matter what happens up here,” he mentioned.

PHOTOS: Guardians’ Bibee strikes out 8 vs Rockies, wins MLB debut

Bibbe arrived on the town Tuesday and was advised he’d be beginning following Cleveland’s 5-1 loss to Colorado.

“I was at the hotel and it was an unbelievable feeling,” he mentioned. “A lot of adrenaline and a lot of emotions.”

Several relations, pals, former coaches and his agent made the journey from California to attend the sport.

“It’s hard not to get excited,” Francona mentioned. “A kid pitches in his first major league game. It only happens once.”

Rockies right-hander Germán Márquez (2-2) made his first begin since April 10 due to proper forearm irritation however was eliminated with two outs within the fourth. Márquez bent down behind the mound after throwing a pitch and walked off the sector with a coach. He allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Manager Bud Black mentioned Márquez can have an MRI in Denver on Thursday.

“The Cleveland doctor saw him and actually he was encouraged, so we’ll see,” Black mentioned. “It’s in a different spot; it’s in his triceps and back.”

Josh Naylor hit a two-run homer within the first. Oscar Gonzalez had an RBI double within the fourth for Cleveland, which had misplaced seven of 9 going into the sport.

Eli Morgan and Trevor Stephan blanked the Rockies till the ninth, when Emanuel Clase picked up his eighth save.

A rainout final Friday compelled a doubleheader Saturday, testing the Guardians’ rotation depth. Rookies Xzavion Curry and Konnor Pilkington had been candidates to begin Wednesday, however each had been wanted in aid because the Rockies took the primary two video games of the collection by a mixed rating of 11-1.

Bibee hit leadoff batter Charlie Blackmon with a 2-2 pitch within the first however retired the following three earlier than putting out 5 straight and 6 of the following seven. He struck out McMahon on a 2-2 changeup for his first main league strikeout within the second, adopted by Alan Trejo and Brenton Doyle.

Ezequiel Tovar and Brian Serven struck out to begin the third. Blackmon singled to proper for Colorado’s first hit and Jurickson Profar struck out.

Bibee was 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in three begins at Columbus this season. He has made 28 minor league begins, going 10-2 with a 2.13 ERA with 186 strikeouts over 148 innings. Bibee was Cleveland’s fifth spherical decide within the 2021 novice draft and pitched at two ranges within the minors final season.

Rookies Taylor Battenfield, Hunter Gaddis and Pilkington even have made begins for the Guardians.


Guardians: McKenzie (strained proper teres main muscle) is progressing on a throwing program and will start bullpen periods this weekend or early subsequent week.


Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (2-2, 4.28 ERA) begins the opener of a three-game collection in opposition to Arizona on Friday evening.

Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (1-1, 3.23 ERA) begins Friday evening within the opener of a three-game collection in Boston.

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