Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
Trevor Bauer threw 126 pitches, the most by any Major-League pitcher this season, and led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-to-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants who have the best record in the Major Leagues.
When the Dodgers gave Bauer the biggest yearly salary for a Major-League player in history, many people were skeptical. Except in the abbreviated 2020 season when he became the first Cincinnati Red pitcher to win a Cy Young Award, Bauer has had a career ERA of 3.82. However, Bauer is extremely analytical, and it took time for Bauer to be an elite starter in the Major Leagues.
This season Bauer has been a Godsend for the Dodgers with the early season-ending injury to Dustin May. Neither Clayton Kershaw nor Walker Buehler can go past the sixth inning, and sometimes Julio Urìas cannot go past the fifth inning. Commonly, Bauer has gone into the seventh inning.
Friday, Bauer knew when he started for the Dodgers that he needed to go deep into the game since he was following a fantastic outstanding bullpen game. While he did not have his customary good control walking four, he pitched 6.1 innings. He struck out eleven. His own error gave the Giants’ only run.
Earlier in the week, Dodger President Andrew Friedman obtained Nate Jones from the Atlanta Braves. In the 2021 season, while with the Braves, Jones had control problems. However, wearing a Dodger uniform Friday night at Oracle Park, Jones performed perfectly for 1.2 innings. Blake Treinen pitched a perfect ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Chris Taylor, arguably the most consistent Dodger hitter, blasted the game-winning two-run homer.