Trevor Bauer has a special way of driving Cleveland Indians fans nuts. The 26-year-old with fantastic stuff can look like a top-of-the-line starter one outing (or even one inning) and then a Triple-A bullpen guy the next time out.
Take the July 16th start of Bauer’s in Oakland, one in which he did not even get out of the first inning. From LGT’s Matt Schlichting:
Detailed Analysis of Trevor Bauer
He really sucked today.
Bauer pitched two-thirds of an inning and walked more batters than he retired. He threw 43 pitches, of which only 24 were strikes. He had an opportunity to escape the inning multiple times and never could. Allowing four runs before the end of the first inning ended this game, for all intents and purposes.
Thursday afternoon, for the most part, was the really good Trevor and he earned his ninth win of the year in the Tribe’s 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
The right-hander faced the minimum through four innings, showcasing plenty of offspeed gems and sneaky good command.
Bauer did catch a case of hangingcurveballitis in the fifth. Kole Calhoun, CJ Cron, and some catcher named Juan Gaterol all smoked hangers, but luckily the Angels only plated one in the inning. That tied the game because Carlos Santana went deep in the second inning, blasting a 96 mph JC Ramirez fastball to deep center for his 13th home run of the season.
Bauer had another jam to get out of in the seventh, but got two groundouts and a strikeout to escape trouble. He ended up going eight strong innings, allowing just that one earned run. He struck out six and walked one.
The Tribe’s offense mostly struggled. The Angels starter, Ramirez, used his 96+ mph heater often to keep the Indians from getting much going. In the bottom of the fifth inning, a Giovanny Urshela walk and Bradley Zimmer double to the gap in left looked promising. Urshela was sent home and Tribe fans learned that a Mike Trout - Andrelton Simmons relay is pretty potent. Urshela was gunned down at the plate and that was that.
Francisco Lindor got the game-winning RBI in the seventh inning, lining a 1-2 curveball to right field to score Brandon Guyer.
The win was the Tribe’s seventh in a row and improves their record to 55-45 (how good does that look after the dreadful road trip!). Next up for the Indians is a trip to Chicago to face off against the Chicago White Sox.
Oh, and PS... how about that crowd today!?! Good on you Cleveland for coming out this entire series, and especially for this afternoon’er. The attendance was 28,083 and the upper deck in right field (under the giant cargo ad boxes) was even kinda full. Great to see!