MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Chicago White Sox - May 9, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Cleveland Guardians right fielder Josh Naylor (22) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the eleventh inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. MLB

Josh Naylor becomes first player with 8 RBIs in the eighth inning or later, as Guardians stun White Sox

Josh Naylor becomes first player with 8 RBIs in the eighth inning or later, as Guardians stun White Sox

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May 10
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It would appear Josh Naylor has recovered from his near career-ending injury of last season, as he helped lead the Cleveland Guardians to an improbable 12-9 comeback win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

To do it, he became the first player in MLB history to have eight RBIs from the eighth inning on in a game.

After hitting a run-scoring double in the eighth inning, Naylor’s bat really came alive. Down 8-4 and with two outs in the ninth, he hit a grand slam to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

Naylor then hit a three-run homer in the 11th to power his team’s thrilling come-from-behind win, and in the process, snap the White Sox’s six-game winning streak.

The Southsiders Still Had A Chance

The White Sox loaded the bases on three walks in the bottom of the ninth, but then Jose Ramirez made a diving stop, threw to first where Naylor stretched out to catch the throw and get the runner out to end the inning.

It Was A Legendary Night

Naylor was the first player to have eight RBIs in a game from the eighth inning onward since the stat became official in 1920, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Also, he became the first player in major league history with multiple three-run home runs (or a grand slam) from the ninth inning on.

“He looks really good in the batter’s box, and when things happen, how much it means, he’s really emotional. But I get it. He missed playing baseball and being with his teammates.”

- Terry Francona

“It sucks. Some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug. I was the bug today. I got squashed. It sucks to let this team down.”

- Ryan Burr - White Sox Pitcher

On Deck

Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (1-1, 3.54 ERA) will face the White Sox Tuesday night.

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (1-1, 3.20) gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings last Tuesday in a 4-3 win .

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  • Josh Naylor

    Joshua-Douglas James Naylor is a Canadian professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball . He previously played for the San Diego Padres.

  • Cleveland Guardians

    The Cleveland Guardians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland. The Guardians compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central division.