Don’t look now, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have been churning out wins after a tumultuous start to the season that saw ample key players hit the injured list.
They’ve won 10 of their last 12 games and extended their winning streak to five contests after their victory over the division-rival Giants on Friday.
The win pulled the Dodgers to within just one game of the NL West lead, which is pretty remarkable considering all the adversity they’ve dealt with in the early goings.
Any win over San Francisco feels good, especially now, since they might actually be a good team, but Friday evening’s triumph had a different feel to it. After all, starter Trevor Bauer twirled an absolute gem and was in peak form in terms of trolling.
When did Bauer start feeling himself?
Well, he unleashed his famous sword celebration after inducing an ugly-looking check swing to get out of a fourth inning jam.
Trevor Bauer couldn’t stop trolling the Giants during his dominant outing.
You know what’s actually weak? That sorry excuse for an at bat with runners on second and third in a two-run game.
It’s also apparent the Giants’ broadcasting team either hates Bauer attempting to inject fun into the sport or has been living under a rock, because the reigning NL Cy Young has been doing the sword celebration for years.
Whatever the case, Bauer undoubtedly made more enemies in San Francisco when he was pulled from the game in the seventh inning after 126 pitches (one shy of his career high).The polarizing right-hander was showered with boos walking off the mound, and he responded the only way he knows how…by asking them to turn the volume all the way up.
The Oracle Park faithful should know that Bauer feeds off this negative energy. It only fuels his personality, so congratulations, because nothing was accomplished by jeering him.
The Dodgers should really get more than one tally in the W column for tonight, because Bauer was rattling off victories left and right throughout his performance. His shenanigans even extended into his postgame presser, where he was as shameless as ever.
You simply love to see it.
In all seriousness, this outing was just what the doctor ordered for the Dodgers, who used a whopping seven relievers in Thursday’s win over Arizona. Bauer answered the call by conceding just one unearned run, which resulted from his own throwing error, ironically enough, and striking out 11 batters while lowering his ERA to 1.98 for the year.
Bauer has enjoyed quite the start to his Dodgers tenure, but Friday night might be his most memorable outing in the blue and white to date.