GLENDALE, Arizona – The laughs went to Trevor Bauer. The win and strikeout advantage went to Shane Bieber and the Indians.
Bieber, facing former teammate and Cy Young winner Bauer, launched the Indians to a 9-2 Cactus League victory over the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Saturday. Bieber is the defending American League Cy Young winner, while Bauer won the National League version last year with the Reds.
Bauer hit Bieber in the third inning. He swung on the first pitch and hit a hard ground ball to shortstop Andrés Giménez, who made a dive stop and knocked Bauer out early.
“It was fun,” Bieber said after his last start before pitching the season opener against Detroit on Thursday at Comerica Park. “I wish it was a bit extended. He was trying to trick me into telling him which pitches he was going to throw. That I leave to him.
“I threw a fastball on the first pitch. Fortunately I was able to get it. I watched the full 90-minute Watch Momentum documentary flash before my eyes in case the ball squeaked. So I think I owe Andrés Giménez a dinner ”.
Momentum is Bauer’s digital platform on YouTube.
On the way back to the Dodgers bench, Bauer ran past Bieber. “I just told him to stay off my mound,” Bieber said. “He didn’t want me to run him over.”
Bauer played for the Indians for six and a half seasons from 2013-19. They were teammates in 2018 and 2019.
The Indians took a 3-0 lead in the first. A key turn at bat came when José Ramírez walked 10 pitches with one on and one out. When Ramirez and Bauer were teammates in Cleveland, they constantly argued over who would win if they met.
Bauer, during the at-bat, was telling Ramirez what pitches he was throwing. Ramirez fouled multiple pitches, but couldn’t make solid contact.
“I was sitting at the bottom of the dugout, trying to stay focused and someone was on the railing in front of me,” Bieber said. “I couldn’t see Trevor giving him all the signals until maybe the seventh or eighth pitch. I realized what was happening.
“That was a show. Josey said they were just riding at the top of the zone and they couldn’t get past it and they ended up making a great at-bat. I would have liked to see something brought to a standstill at 450 (feet), but it was fun. “
Bauer struck out Ramirez in the sixth, put his hands on his knees and yelled at him. Then he raised his hands like a fighter who just scored a knockout.
Bieber allowed two runs and six hits with nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Only one of the runs was earned due to back-to-back mistakes by right fielder Josh Naylor in the fourth inning.
Bauer allowed four runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
Cesar Hernandez, hitting .391 (18-of-46) this spring, homered off Bauer in the sixth for a 4-2 lead. The Indians posted a four-run seventh, highlighted by Owen Miller’s two-run double, to end the game. Miller is hitting .378 (14-of-37) with one home run and six RBIs this spring.
Bryan Shaw, Emmanuel Clase, Trevor Stephan and Nick Sandlin kept the Dodgers scoreless for the last 3 1/3 innings. It should be noted that the Dodgers did not line up their A lineup.
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