Bauer: Indians made 'right decision' ending his no-hit bid

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer never backs down from any challenge or debate. He accepted this call.

Health mattered more than history.

Bauer was pulled by manager Terry Francona after seven hitless innings and 117 pitches, and sat in the dugout watching as Toronto's Freddy Galvis broke up Cleveland's bid for a combined no-hitter with a leadoff single in the ninth inning of the Indians' 4-1 win Thursday night.

Bauer was attempting to throw Cleveland's first no-hitter in 38 years - on the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field's opening - but was taken out when his pitch count climbed too high for Francona.

Bauer understood the move.

''It was the right decision,'' he said.

Once Bauer was out, Jon Edwards came in and got two outs before closer Brad Hand worked out of a bases-loaded jam. Hand, however, gave up a hard single to center by Galvis. Moments later, Alen Hansen followed with Toronto's second hit and the Blue Jays scored before Hand struck out two for his third save.

Bauer (1-0) was six outs away from completing his no-hitter, when Francona removed him as a precautionary measure. The right-hander may have been able to go farther - he threw a career-high 127 pitches last season - but on a chilly night and with so much season left, Francona played it cautiously.

''I didn't want to take him out,'' Francona said. ''He said he knew it was the right thing. I told him I hate it. He goes, `I hate it, too, but I know it's the right thing.' I care too much about him and this organization to hurt somebody. I would have loved to have seen it because I don't doubt that he would have kept pitching and probably not given up a hit the way he was throwing.

''I just have an obligation to do the right thing, even when it's not the funnest thing to do,'' he said.

The enigmatic Bauer, best known for his quirky personality and unorthodox training methods, had only himself to blame for throwing too many pitches earlier in the game against Toronto's weak lineup.

''I knew it was probably time to come out,'' he said. ''That being said, I think my velocity was higher in that last inning probably than all innings. My stuff was sharp. If I'd gone back out, I feel like I would have gotten it, but it's a long season. We're in the second week of it.''

The odd developments prevented Bauer from ending Cleveland's no-hit drought, which dates to May 15, 1981, when Len Barker threw a perfect game against the Blue Jays.

Bauer's performance was anything but pristine. He walked six - including two in the third when he also hit a batter - and even though he struck out eight, was never dominant against a Blue Jays team that has come close to being no-hit several times this season.

On opening day, Detroit's Jordan Zimmermann was perfect against the Blue Jays until giving up an infield single with two outs in the seventh. Baltimore's David Hess was pulled with a no-hitter intact after 6 1/3 innings Monday at Toronto.

''Even though Bauer had a no-hitter, he wasn't as sharp as he usually is,'' Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''But premier pitchers find a way to get it done, and he did.''

Aaron Sanchez (1-1) took the loss.

Before his pitch count got too high, Bauer was backed by some terrific fielding, highlighted by first baseman Carlos Santana's diving stop to rob Socrates Brito of a possible hit to end the fifth inning. In the sixth, right fielder Tyler Naquin ran down Rowdy Tellez's sinking liner toward the line.

The Indians have had numerous close calls over the years since Barker's gem. Despite having several Cy Young winners and All-Stars, none of Cleveland's pitchers have been able to make history and now Bauer has a near miss.

''I don't really care about a no-hitter or not,'' he said. ''I care about putting up zeroes for the team and winning. I care about coming to the ballpark and seeing the fans and the seeing the people of Cleveland. I care about my teammates and trying to win a World Series.

''If I throw a no-hitter that's great. If not that's great too as long as we win the game. ''

BAUER POWER

Bauer, who went seven strong innings at Minnesota last week, is the first pitcher in history to start the season with consecutive starts of at least five innings and allow just one hit.

He's the first pitcher since 1934 to open the season allowing one hit or fewer in back-to-back outings of seven innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 1B Justin Smoak was pulled from the original lineup because of a sore neck.

Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Friday. He hopes to return during a road trip next week. The two-time All-Star strained his right calf late in spring training. Kipnis took grounders before Thursday's game.

UP NEXT

The four-game series continues Friday with Blue Jays RHP Trent Thornton facing Indians RHP Shane Bieber. Thornton struck out eight over five innings in his major league debut on March 31 at Detroit. Bieber makes his first start this season. He went 11-5 with a 4.55 ERA as a rookie in 2018.

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  • W: T. Bauer (1-0)L: A. Sanchez (1-1)S: B. Hand (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Drury 3B40000134.207.233.310.544-0.5
S. Brito RF40000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
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R. Grichuk CF40000125.200.310.640.9500.0
R. Tellez DH40000015.222.364.556.9190.5
D. Jansen C30000122.095.174.095.2690.0
B. McKinney LF20000201.100.250.100.3502.0
L. Gurriel 1B40000014.087.125.130.255-0.5
F. Galvis SS11100300.318.400.500.9005.0
A. Hanson 2B30100022.333.500.333.8331.0
  • a-doubled for Brito in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF30200100.211.348.316.6643.0
J. Ramirez 3B30010003.136.167.182.3481.0
M. Moroff 3B00000000.100.100.100.2000.0
J. Bauers DH31100122.200.294.267.5612.0
C. Santana 1B31100112.450.522.5001.0222.5
B. Miller 2B20010200.154.267.154.4213.0
G. Allen LF40010015.000.133.000.1330.5
R. Perez C30110000.071.176.071.2482.0
T. Naquin RF41200012.250.250.313.5633.5
E. Stamets SS31000022.000.063.000.0630.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Hernandez
    • RBI - T. Hernandez (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Drury, S. Brito, R. Tellez 5 (5), B. McKinney, L. Gurriel 4 (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Naquin
    • SF - J. Ramirez, R. Perez
    • SH - E. Stamets
    • RBI - J. Ramirez, B. Miller, G. Allen (3), R. Perez (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Miller
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 2 (2), C. Santana 2 (2), G. Allen 3 (3), T. Naquin
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Mayza (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sanchez (L, 1-1)6.05222501.641.189.5
    T. Mayza0.21213109.002.33-4.5
    S. Gaviglio1.11000101.690.562.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sanchez (L, 1-1)6.0
    T. Mayza0.2
    S. Gaviglio1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (W, 1-0)7.00006800.640.5729.0
    J. Edwards0.20002204.502.00-1.0
    B. Hand (S, 3)1.13110302.451.647.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (W, 1-0)7.0
    J. Edwards0.2
    B. Hand (S, 3)1.1
    PITCHING
    • IBB - T. Mayza
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 89-57, T. Mayza 30-14, S. Gaviglio 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 5-8, T. Mayza 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, T. Mayza 7, S. Gaviglio 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Bauer (2), J. Edwards
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 117-75, J. Edwards 20-8, B. Hand 29-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 8-5
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 28, J. Edwards 5, B. Hand 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Drury 3B40000134.207.233.310.544-0.5
    S. Brito RF40000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
    a- T. Hernandez PH10110000.200.333.320.6533.0
    R. Grichuk CF40000125.200.310.640.9500.0
    R. Tellez DH40000015.222.364.556.9190.5
    D. Jansen C30000122.095.174.095.2690.0
    B. McKinney LF20000201.100.250.100.3502.0
    L. Gurriel 1B40000014.087.125.130.255-0.5
    F. Galvis SS11100300.318.400.500.9005.0
    A. Hanson 2B30100022.333.500.333.8331.0
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    • a-doubled for Brito in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF30200100.211.348.316.6643.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30010003.136.167.182.3481.0
    M. Moroff 3B00000000.100.100.100.2000.0
    J. Bauers DH31100122.200.294.267.5612.0
    C. Santana 1B31100112.450.522.5001.0222.5
    B. Miller 2B20010200.154.267.154.4213.0
    G. Allen LF40010015.000.133.000.1330.5
    R. Perez C30110000.071.176.071.2482.0
    T. Naquin RF41200012.250.250.313.5633.5
    E. Stamets SS31000022.000.063.000.0630.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Hernandez
      • RBI - T. Hernandez (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Drury, S. Brito, R. Tellez 5 (5), B. McKinney, L. Gurriel 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Naquin
      • SF - J. Ramirez, R. Perez
      • SH - E. Stamets
      • RBI - J. Ramirez, B. Miller, G. Allen (3), R. Perez (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Miller
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 2 (2), C. Santana 2 (2), G. Allen 3 (3), T. Naquin
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Mayza (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (L, 1-1)6.05222501.641.189.5
      T. Mayza0.21213109.002.33-4.5
      S. Gaviglio1.11000101.690.562.5
      Total8.0743570---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (L, 1-1)6.0
      T. Mayza0.2
      S. Gaviglio1.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 1-0)7.00006800.640.5729.0
      J. Edwards0.20002204.502.00-1.0
      B. Hand (S, 3)1.13110302.451.647.5
      Total9.03118130---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 1-0)7.0
      J. Edwards0.2
      B. Hand (S, 3)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - T. Mayza
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 89-57, T. Mayza 30-14, S. Gaviglio 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 5-8, T. Mayza 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, T. Mayza 7, S. Gaviglio 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Bauer (2), J. Edwards
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 117-75, J. Edwards 20-8, B. Hand 29-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 8-5
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 28, J. Edwards 5, B. Hand 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Hernandez doubled to deep left, Galvis scored, Hanson to third14
      • 7TH INNING
        Miller walked, Stamets scored, Martin to third, Santana to second04
        Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to right, Naquin scored, Stamets to third, Martin to second03
      • 4TH INNING
        Perez hit sacrifice fly to center, Santana scored02
        Allen reached on fielder's choice to first, Bauers scored, Santana to third, Miller out at second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Hand Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Galvis singled to right
        • A. Hanson: Ball, Foul, Hanson singled to left, Galvis to second
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
        • Teoscar Hernandez hit for Socrates Brito
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez doubled to deep left, Galvis scored, Hanson to third
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
        • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jon Edwards relieved Trevor Bauer
        • Max Moroff at third base
        • S. Brito: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brito struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Tellez hit by pitch, Grichuk to second
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McKinney walked, Grichuk to third, Tellez to second
        • Brad Hand relieved Jon Edwards
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to left center
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • E. Stamets: Stamets flied out to shallow right
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez out at second, Perez caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Galvis walked
        • A. Hanson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
        • B. Drury: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tim Mayza relieved Aaron Sanchez
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Naquin doubled to left
        • E. Stamets: Stamets hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Naquin to third on Mayza throwing error
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked, Stamets to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to right, Naquin scored, Stamets to third, Martin to second
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Santana intentionally walked
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Miller walked, Stamets scored, Martin to third, Santana to second
        • Sam Gaviglio relieved Tim Mayza
        • G. Allen: Foul, Strike swinging, Allen fouled out to third
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Tellez lined out to right
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jansen walked
        • B. McKinney: McKinney popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Ball, Miller flied out to deep left
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Perez popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Galvis walked
        • A. Hanson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
        • B. Drury: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Drury flied out to center
        • S. Brito: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Brito grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • E. Stamets: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stamets struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Ball, Martin singled to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bauers walked, Martin to second
        • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Jansen grounded out to shortstop
        • B. McKinney: Ball, McKinney grounded out to first
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Bauers singled to center
        • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Santana singled to right center, Bauers to second
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Miller walked, Bauers to third, Santana to second
        • G. Allen: Allen reached on fielder's choice to first, Bauers scored, Santana to third, Miller out at second
        • R. Perez: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Perez hit sacrifice fly to center, Santana scored
        • T. Naquin: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Naquin flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Galvis walked
        • A. Hanson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hanson hit by pitch, Galvis to second
        • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Drury walked, Galvis to third, Hanson to second
        • S. Brito: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brito struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tellez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Naquin reached on an infield single to second
        • E. Stamets: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stamets struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin singled to center, Naquin to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded into fielder's choice to second, Martin out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Tellez grounded out to second
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
        • B. McKinney: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McKinney walked
        • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Miller flied out to center
        • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Allen grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • S. Brito: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Brito grounded out to first
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Martin flied out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez lined out to center
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)