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Trevor Bauer makes Dodger Stadium debut

Bauer earns no-decision as Indians beat Dodgers

Posted: July 2, 2014 7:49 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2014 7:49 p.m.

Cleveland Indians pitcher and Hart High graduate Trevor Bauer throws against the Los Angeles Dodgerson Wednesday in Los Angeles.

 

LOS ANGELES — Trevor Bauer insisted he didn’t feel any different while pitching at the home of his favorite childhood baseball team for the first time.

The former Hart High Indian-turned Cleveland Indian was simply happy enough to help his team stay in the game and get a win.

Bauer made it through 5 2/3 innings of Cleveland’s 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium with a group of family and friends among the 50,199 in attendance.

It was Bauer’s first time pitching in Dodger Stadium at any level. He starred for three years at UCLA just a few miles away.

“No,” Bauer said on if it felt any different. “Same game as it is anywhere else. Just try to hit your spot, make pitches. Limit the hits, limit the runs. Win the ball game.”

Outside of a shaky fifth inning, it was a solid outing for Bauer, who allowed three earned runs off six hits while striking out two and walking two in 102 pitches.

The 23-year-old right hander was taken out of the game with one on, two outs in the sixth while the Dodgers led 3-2. He wasn’t the pitcher of record.

On the other side, L.A. starter Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven quality innings of two-run ball spoiled by Cleveland’s three-run rally in the eighth inning off reliever Brian Wilson.

Pinch-hitter David Murphy drove in a run with a single to left and, two batters later, Mike Aviles knocked in a pair of runs to put the Indians ahead 5-3.

One last rally by the Dodgers fell short when Matt Kemp flew out to end the game with Hanley Ramirez standing on third base and Andre Ethier on second as a potential game-winning run.

Outside of a Scott Van Slyke home run in the eighth, the rest of the Dodgers’ runs were scored off Bauer in the fifth during a rally that included an RBI double by Ryu and a two-RBI single hit by Andre Ethier.

“We battled back today,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “We get the lead, we give it up. Battle back again, had the winning run on second base. Obviously we didn’t win, but I’m not frustrated with our effort at all.”

Bauer gave up three hits and issued both of his walks in the fifth inning, during which he racked up 32 pitches.

“I just missed with some pitches,” Bauer said of the inning. He later added: “That happens. I just felt a little out of sync that whole inning.”

He was getting ahead of hitters in the count more consistently in the first four innings, and was especially sharp after Ryan Raburn’s two-run blast in the fourth inning spotted the Indians with a 2-0 lead.

Though Bauer was unable to hang onto the lead, he kept his team within striking distance, as he often has this season.

“That’s always what you try to do is limit the damage,” Bauer said. “That one kind of got away from me a little bit. It could have been worse too, but we got out of it only down one and the guys did a good job coming back.”

Bauer’s ERA on the season rose slightly to 4.42 and his record remains at 2-4 through 10 starts.

“The win-loss record goes by not necessarily sometimes how you pitch, but where you come out of a game, things like that,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona. “I thought (Bauer) pitched pretty well. He doesn’t have a ton of starts, so he’s OK.”

Bauer wasn’t on Cleveland’s Opening Day roster, but he was recalled to the Majors for one start during a doubleheader in April before being sent down to Triple-A Columbus, and then called back up once again on May 20.

Since then, he’s settled into the No. 4 spot on the Indians’ starting rotation. It’s the first time the former first-round MLB draft pick has played regularly in the Majors for any significant stretch of time in his three years as a pro.

He was drafted third overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011, traded to Cleveland in 2012 and he’s spent most of his time in the minors up until six weeks ago.

And then, finally, he made his way back to the venue of his hometown team.

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