The Cleveland Guardians advanced to the ALDS after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, winning 1-0 in 15 innings.
The wildly low-scoring affair featured an excellent performance from former Gonzaga pitcher Eli Morgan.
Morgan entered the game in the tenth inning with a runner on third base. He promptly procured a lineout from catcher Francisco Mejia to end the threat. Morgan came out for the 11th inning, retiring Jose Siri on a flyout before striking out Yandy Diaz and Wander Franco.
Cleveland ultimately won the game in the bottom of the 15th inning when Oscar Gonzalez led off the inning with a walk off home run.
Morgan made 18 starts for the Guardians as rookie in 2021, but transitioned into a bullpen role in 2022. He made 50 appearances, throwing 66.2 innings and posting a 5-3 record with a 3.38 ERA (2.90 WHIP) along with an outstanding 28.1% strikeout rate and an equally impressive 5.1% walk rate.
While Gonzales has yet to pitch for the Mariners in the playoffs, he’s likely going to play a role at some point if the team is able to advance to the ALDS. If so, perhaps a Morgan vs. Gonzales Zag matchup will take place – a very cool moment made even better by the playoff atmosphere.
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