SAN DIEGO — There have been no theatrics.
No showmanship with the umpiring crew.
No antics with San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer, performing for the primary time with the international substance police protecting shut tabs on him, pitched Wednesday night time with none commotion.
He pitched nicely with 10 strikeouts in six innings. But he was hardly dominant, giving up three residence runs — together with one other to nemesis Manny Machado — in the 5-3 loss, a Padres sweep of the Dodgers for the primary time since April 15-17, 2013.
It was the seventh time in eight video games the Padres have crushed the Dodgers in baseball’s new rivalry, leaving the Dodgers 4 video games out of first place in the NL West behind the San Francisco Giants. It’s their largest deficit since Aug. 22, 2018. Yet they nonetheless have the second-best report in the National League, one-half recreation forward of the Padres.
“They completely kicked our ass from an depth standpoint,” Bauer said. “They came to play. And we didn’t. That’s what happens in baseball. You come out, try to attack the other team and win. And when you don’t have that mindset, you get rolled.
“And we got rolled.”
Bauer gave up 5 hits, however with three leaving the yard, he has now given up six homers in 18 innings in his three begins in opposition to the Padres this 12 months.
“I don’t know; I simply have the worst home-run luck in the league,” Bauer said. “It seems like every time I make even the smallest little mistake, it leaves the yard. So I don’t know what to do about that. …Every little mistake leaves the yard. You just hope it doesn’t last the season.”
If there was any comfort, he was capable of shut down Tatis, hanging him out twice, two months after accusing Tatis of peeking at indicators in their final outing.
“If you want to know what pitch is coming that badly, simply ask daddy properly subsequent time,” Bauer tweeted in April. “You know I ain’t scared homie.”
Tatis responded with a cellphone holding a small child and photoshopped Bauer’s face, tweeting it back at Bauer with the words, “Tranquilo hijo.”
Translation: “Calm down, son.’’
“People that play baseball perceive what that was,’’ Bauer informed San Diego radio station XTRA 1360 this week. “It’s a part of the sport. It’s not unlawful, nevertheless it’s simply form of frowned upon when stuff like that occurs. I’m not going to go hit him for it or something, simply letting him know that folks see him doing it. …
“If you wish to rejoice and all that stuff, that’s fantastic, however we see what you’re doing, and we’ll have one thing for you.’’
Bauer strutted off the mound in the fifth and sixth innings, waving his fingers to the Dodgers’ followers. But after he gave up a go-ahead homer to catcher Victor Caratini in the seventh inning and departed following a stroll, he was closely booed by the sellout crowd at Petco Park.
Bauer, who was the primary pitcher to publicly accuse the Houston Astros and different pitchers of utilizing unlawful international substances in 2018, had a decrease spin charge on all of his pitches. He was down 196 rpm from his season common on his sinker and 194 rpm on his four-seam fastball.
But when it got here time to speak about MLB’s crackdown on unlawful international substances, Bauer wasn’t biting.
Asked how he felt it went with the umpiring crew checking him for substances, he responded: “How do you suppose it went?”
He was asked about MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s comments that position players, along with some pitchers, actually have had a favorable response to the crackdown, saying it will continue until MLB rids itself of foreign substances.
“I don’t know,” he mentioned. “I’m right here to win baseball video games. I’m specializing in pitching and making an attempt to win a baseball recreation. I don’t have something to cover. I simply go pitch. I don’t know what the media is writing. I don’t take note of you guys actually that always, so I don’t have an opinion there.’’
Really, the one message Bauer wished to ship is that the Dodgers higher get up as a result of the Giants and the Padres are fairly darn good.
“We knew it was going to be a tough division,” Bauer said. “I don’t think anyone’s surprised. The Padres are good. I don’t think anyone’s surprised the Giants are good. So, when you don’t play good baseball, and play a good team, you get beat.
“And that’s what happened.”
In the meantime, the Padres’ confidence is rising, significantly with baseball’s crackdown on international substances. They consider they might have much less to fret about than anybody else in the division. They love the actual fact there’s a degree taking part in area, and couldn’t care much less how umpires verify on potential criminal activity, so long as everybody’s lastly is clear.
“The solely factor I actually don’t like is it makes each pitcher that comes onto the mound form of seem like a responsible offender till confirmed harmless,” Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen said. “We all seem like a bunch of cheaters in the general public’s eyes.’’
The sentiment was echoed New York Yankees veteran reliever Zack Britton Wednesday with New York reporters, believing that baseball ought to have compliance officers who conduct inspections in clubhouses, dugouts and bullpens as an alternative of throughout video games.
“I simply suppose the optics are simply completely embarrassing for our recreation, and that is not what I wish to get up and examine relating to our recreation in the morning, ’’Britton mentioned. “If I’m a younger child on the recreation and I’m asking my dad, “Well, hey, what’s happening? Why are they getting checked?’ What’s he going to say? ‘Well, I feel everybody’s dishonest.’
“I imply, this that what we wish the sport to be about, like we’re assuming you’re dishonest? I simply suppose it’s a foul look.’’
Then once more, it’s not an excellent look both when pitchers are dropping their pants, displaying up umpires, with Oakland Athletics nearer Sergio Romo unzipping his pants Tuesday night time and pulling them midway down when checked by the umpiring crew.
“You know, he’s a playful man,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. “I don’t think he meant anything by it. I will credit the umpires with the way they’ve handled this, they’ve been fantastic in it. Try to make light of it, smile with guys and do it quickly. So, that won’t happen again.’’
Who knows, maybe with the crackdown, the blatant cheating will finally dissipate, with hitters furious how prevalent illegal substances were used by ptichers throughout the game. Baseball is on pace for 5,000 more strikeouts than hits this year after never having more strikeouts than hits in a single season before 2018.
“We were so stupid as hitters saying, “’Oh yeah, it’s for control,’” Cubs All-Star Kris Bryant mentioned. “We simply don’t need them to hit us.’
“That was such a cop-out. I really like that issues are form of going the opposite manner.”
Look around the league. Spin rates are down. Batting averages are up. And no one is getting hit by pitches any more than they were before the crackdown.
The game is starting to regain some of its purity, and for the Padres, they’ve got nothing to hide, believing that with a level playing field there’s no reason they can’t be the last team standing and winning their first World Series in franchise history.
“Hey, we believe, this could be an awfully special year,” ’Padres pitcher Blake Snell mentioned.
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