The Cleveland Guardians are a team that isn’t going to go down without a fight, even when down by three or more runs in the ninth inning.
Down 10-7 in the top of the ninth against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night, Cleveland rallied for four runs, scoring one on Josh Naylor‘s RBI double, tying it up on Oscar Gonzalez’s bloop single, and taking the lead on Owen Miller’s sacrifice fly.
The crowd in Minnesota was shellshocked as the Guardians held on to win 11-10 and put themselves in sole possession of first place in the AL Central.
The Guardians tweeted a video of the ninth-inning comeback, saying that everybody should know by now that this is a team that refuses to quit.
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) June 23, 2022
That’s one way to take sole possession of first place in your division.
When you’re down three runs on the road and are three outs away from a loss, the odds are against you.
But that didn’t matter to the Guardians.
They kept fighting, even with the odds stacked in favor of the Twins.
They had tied Minnesota for the top spot in the AL Central the previous night, but with their latest comeback, the Guardians sit alone at the top.
And this isn’t even the first time the Guardians have pulled off a stunning comeback this year, much less on the road.
In early May, they overcame an 8-2 deficit against the Chicago White Sox to pull off an unlikely win.
They’re back at their tricks again.
This is a good team that can surprise a lot of people.
The Guardians appear to have embraced the role of the underdog and are now putting the baseball world on notice with their ability to rally from late deficits.