Bauer (5-7) hadn't surrendered fewer than two earned runs in a start in the second half before putting together a gem Sunday to pick up his first win since July 18. He owns a 4.18 ERA and 114:46 K:BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings. Bauer is scheduled to face the Royals Saturday.
It was a horrific inning for Bauer. To open the frame, he allowed a leadoff double to Danny Santana. Bauer then walked the second hitter. A Joe Mauer single would bring one run home, and a Kenny Vargas single would plate another run. A mound visit did nothing to solve Bauer's woes. Oswaldo Arcia clubbed a three-run homer against Bauer in the next at-bat, making the score 5-0. Bauer would settle in to throw 4 2/3 innings, but the damage had already been done. He allowed five runs on four hits during the outing. Bauer struck out four and walked two.
The Indians were able to battle back, giving Bauer a no-decision. He'll take on the Astros in his next start.
That's what I've been waiting to see from
Sure, he's had big strikeout games before. He struck out 10 against the White Sox July 13. But he also allowed 11 baserunners in that game -- eight on hits and three on walks. Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, he dominated beyond just the strikeouts.
He kept the walks down while also keeping the hits down -- a combination that has eluded him throughout the major-league portion of his career. How exactly he did it isn't so easy to tell from just one start, but it's a step in the right direction for a pitcher who has the stuff to do that sort of thing every time out.
Of course, it did come against the Diamondbacks, who have what some would describe as a "Triple-A lineup" with Paul Goldschmidt down (i.e., it's not so good), but they did score 14 runs in a Jorge De La Rosa start just four days earlier. They are still capable of hitting when a pitcher gives them something to hit.
Bauer didn't Wednesday, and that's reason enough for me to give him another look in standard mixed leagues if I passed him up earlier. I'd prioritize Jimmy Nelson and Mike Fiers over him, but he should be owned in more than 61 percent of leagues.
Bauer allowed two runs on four hits over eight innings of work. He struck out nine and walked two. Bauer was sensational early on. While he lost his bid for a perfect game on a second inning walk, Bauer had a no-hitter until the sixth. Things started to get away from him a bit during the inning, but he was able to work a double-play to keep the damage low. The Diamondbacks struck again in the seventh, tying the game. Bauer would get through another scoreless inning before being pulled.
Because Bauer left with the game tied, he received a no-decision for his efforts. He'll take on the Twins in his next start.
Tuesday's game between the
The teams are set to play a traditional doubleheader Wednesday as a result of the postponement.
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