I’m not saying Trevor Bauer has a chip on his shoulder. Well, he might. He’s kind of a funky dude. And he clearly had to know how many people questioned starting him in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series against the Yankees on Thursday. Those people needed have worried, because the Indians shut out the Yankees 4-0. You can sum up Game 1 in three words.
As in Bauer was On. He certainly pitched like a man on a mission, going a total of 6.2 innings, striking out 8 and giving up only 1 walk and 2 hits. For five and 1/3 of those innings, he didn’t give up a hit. He recorded 18 called strikes, eight of them on curveballs. He was brilliant.
Bauer started the 7th inning but was replaced by Andrew Miller with 2 outs. Miller promptly struck out Greg Bird to end the inning. Miller started the 8th, and although he struck out two, he also walked two. His command wasn’t quite there. While I’m not too worried about the rest of the series, I am going to be worried about Miller’s knee.
As in Jay Bruce, who batted in 3 of the Indians’ 4 runs. The Indians got their first run in the 2nd inning when Roberto Perez hit into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs. Carlos Santana scored from 3rd, but Perez didn’t get credited with the RBI. Bruce, on the other hand, did. In the 4th, he smashed a two-run homer to put the Indians up 3-0. He gave the Tribe a little insurance an inning later with a sacrifice fly that scored Jose Ramirez from 3rd. It should be noted that Ramirez this was one of the few times where Ramirez hadn’t hit for extra bases. He singled, then ended up on 3rd courtesy of two wild pitches, one by Yankees pitcher Adam Warren (who replaced starter Sonny Gray in the top of the 4th) and one by Jaime Garcia.
As in, Terry Francona is always right. Guess he was right about Kipnis in center too.