CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – WILD THING: Indians pitching prospect Trevor Bauer was quite the story in Columbus on Wednesday, as he was one out from recording a seven-inning no-hitter, but was pulled from the game at 107 pitches.
Bauer hit three batters and walked three more in his outing, and also threw a wild pitch, but still didn’t give up a hit.
“I was inconsistent,” Bauer said to the Columbus Dispatch. “My command wasn’t there, and my (velocity) wasn’t there. I didn’t know how many pitches I had. I was (mad) that I hit another guy, especially on an 0-and-2. You never want to do that. A whole game of command issues like that wears on you, and it’s frustrating.”
Indians manager Terry Francona seemed impressed with the outing by Bauer from the reports and highlights he got to see after the Indians 1-0 win over the A’s.
“Excellent off-speed, scattered some fastballs, but didn’t give up much of anything,” Francona said.
“I think he’s still developing, I think that’s part of any 22-year-old pitcher. That’s part of it.”
BOURN’S REHAB: In finally getting to play his first game of his rehab after having to sit out a rain out the day before, Michael Bourn walked, singled and stole a base in four plate appearances for the Clippers in Columbus.
“He had a real good night,” Francona said.
The manager also said that Bourn will play again in tonight’s game, and then will have a sit down with GM Chris Antonetti, who is watching Bourn in Columbus, and will decide how to proceed with him.
“If he needs more games…we’re going to do whatever is in his best interest,” Francona said.
The original plan was for Bourn to be back with the Indians for their weekend series vs the Tigers in Detroit.
THE GOMES EFFECT: It seems like the Indians are having more and more success when Yan Gomes plays behind the plate for the club.
In 12 games with Gomes behind the plate for Cleveland this season (9 starts), the Indians pitching staff has registered a 2.89 ERA, and overall the team is 10-2 when he appears in a game.
The catcher made a huge play in the 9th inning last night, gunning down A’s CF Yoenis Cespedes at second after he singled to center with out one out in the inning.
On the year Gomes has also cut down 4 of 6 would-be base-stealers (66.7%).
UNDER THE RADAR: While the headlines after wins during this streak seem to be about the offense, the Indians pitching staff continues to hold its own.
The Indians pitching staff in this current home stand through seven games are 6-1 with a 2.53 ERA, and opponents have been held to a .203 batting average.
Relief pitcher Matt Albers says he knows the players on the team realize the job the pitching staff has done.
“Obviously the homeruns get the play and that’s ok those guys can get all the credit for that but definitely the guys in this locker room know about the ways the pitchers have been throwing the ball,” Albers said.
The starters for the Indians in this current home stand are 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA.