The Dodgers finally found a way to beat the Padres in this dreadful 4-game series. It took the whole offense waking up against a very good left-handed pitcher in Blake Snell, but they found a way.
Part of that success also goes to Trevor Bauer, who threw 6 innings and held the Padres to 3 runs. But the Dodgers hurler got hit hard again by none other than the suddenly red hot Fernando Tatis Jr. In fact, Tatis got him twice.
Both times that Tatis took Bauer deep, he rubbed a little salt into the wound. The superstar shortstop rouned first base and turned towards his dugout to cover one of his eyes, mocking one of Bauer’s Spring Training quirks. He then did the famous Bauer strut after his second homerun.
Bauer reacted to the celebrations after the Dodgers win.
I like it. I think that pitchers that have had that done to them and react by throwing at people or get upset and hitting people or whatever, I think it’s pretty soft. If you give up a homer, a guy should celebrate. It’s hard to hit in the big leagues. So I’m all for it and I think it’s important the game moves in that direction and we stop throwing at people because they celebrated.
On one hand, it’s surprising because Bauer was on the receiving end of that mocking and it’s only natural to be angry. But it’s also not a surprise in the sense that the Dodgers pitcher has been a proponent of players showing character and thus growing the game.
Of course, it’s a little easier to laugh it off when the Dodgers got to walk away with the win. But after rendering Tatis useless in his last outing against the Padres, he got a little even in this one. This should be a fun matchup all year.