Trevor Bauer, a 2008 graduate of Hart High School, had a no-hitter through six innings in Friday evening’s bout against the Colorado Rockies, helping lift the Dodgers to an 11-6 win, their first of the 2021 season.
Right-handed Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, 30, showed why the Dodgers were willing to pay him $102 million over the next three seasons. Bauer pitched 6.1 innings, gave up 4 earned runs on three hits, and struck out 10 Rockies batters. His stat line does not show just how dominant Bauer was for most of the game.
Through the first six innings of Friday’s game, Bauer did not allow a hit and struck out nine batters. It was only in the seventh inning that the Rockies were able to touch Bauer. He gave up a single, a walk, and two home runs in the seventh inning before he struck out Garrett Hampson and then was pulled from the game.
Bauer displayed his dominance in the bottom of the fifth inning. After C.J. Cron got on base to start the inning, via an error by Justin Turner, Bauer promptly struck out the next three batters on three pitches each.
The Dodgers gave Bauer great run support early and often Friday. In the top of the first inning, Corey Seager, Turner, Max Muncy, and Will Smith all singled, helping the Dodgers go up 2-0 before Bauer even took the mound. In the second inning Mookie Betts, Seager, and Turner all had two out doubles, and the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead.
The Dodgers added three more runs in the fourth inning, one more in the fifth, and two more in the seventh to give them a 10-0 lead. The Rockies mounted a small comeback, as they scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh. Smith hit a sacrifice fly to score Cody Bellinger in the eight inning to score the final run of the game.
The new Dodgers pitcher partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to start “Ks for a Cause,” a non-profit initiative set to donate $1,000 to a local charity for each strikeout Bauer has this season.
This month’s charity is “Think Together,” and they are off to a hot start raising a total of $10,000 after Bauer’s first start.
“This season, I’m looking forward to giving back to my hometown community in a meaningful way,” Bauer said. “I’m excited to launch ‘Ks for a Cause’ to support several incredible nonprofit organizations doing impactful work to promote STEM and offer a variety of youth programming across the greater Los Angeles area.”
Bauer stated that “K’s for a Cause” is “really the perfect initiative for me” and combines “two things I love in life: strikeouts and helping others.”
Bauer’s next projected start is on Wednesday, April 7 at 12.:37 PM against the Oakland Athletics. If all goes as planned, Bauer should be making his Dodger Stadium debut Wednesday, April 14 at 7:10 PM against the Rockies.
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