Wednesday night was not the way the Dodgers would have liked to end their brief road trip. While they do come back home with 4 wins in 5 games, the Astros beat up on them a little bit in the final game.
Trevor Bauer came out and threw 37 pitches in the first inning. And while the Astros only scored 1 run, it did put the Dodgers in a tough spot. Dave Roberts really did not want to go to his relief team too early with a bullpen game scheduled for Thursday.
But to his credit, Bauer rebounded nicely and got through 6 innings of work. He left the game with the Dodgers trailing by a run and only at 100 pitches. He’s come out for another inning of work at a higher pitch count than that this year. Doc explained part of the decision to pull him after the loss.
I absolutely thought he could have kept going. I just thought he gave us what he needed to give us tonight. …If we didn’t push him in that last one, I might have pushed him a little bit tonight. But I have got to kind of look at past starts, the recency and how he’s throwing the baseball on that particular night, when his next start is and kind of make a decision and that’s a decision I made.
After Bauer left, the Dodgers bullpen surrendered 3 more runs to seal the Astros’ win. Sheldon Neuse’s late homerun made the Bauer pull a little tougher to swallow once the game was over. You can’t help but wonder if that would have tied the game had Bauer come out for 1 more.
But regardless of what could have happened, the Dodgers are going to protect their guys. Bauer threw 126 pitches in San Francisco on Friday, and even though he said he could’ve gone more, it doesn’t seem worth the risk in a May game.
Move on to the next series.