The Cleveland Indians were backed by a strong perfromance from Trevor Bauer as they defeated the Houston Astros by a score of 2-1.
In a duel of pitchers who do not like each other all that much, Trevor Bauer came out the victor over Gerrit Cole. The Cleveland Indians were able to do just enough to secure the victory over the Houston Astros.
Trevor Bauer went eight innings and only allowed one run on four hits while striking out three. The only run allowed by Bauer came via a George Springer solo home run in the third inning. Bauer hung a breaking ball and Springer made him pay with a home run that left Minute Maid Park. The only other aspect of Bauer’s performance that can be considered less than stellar is the amount of walks. Bauer walked six Astros, but was able to work around that to prevent damage.
The Indians only scored two runs Thursday and both were solo home runs. Leonys Martin struck first for Cleveland as he hit his fourth home of the year. The second and final Indians run of the game came courtesy of a Jake Bauers home run. All three of Bauers’ home runs have come on the road this season.
Brad Hand came on in the ninth to earn his seventh save of the season. Hand worked a clean inning as he did not allow a hit and struck out one batter. This was the second consecutive game that Hand did not allow a baserunner.
Cleveland will need to hope for a little bit more offensively if they wish to come away with at least a split in this four game series. Four hits and two runs is not enough to come away victorious consistently.