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Bauer, Indians look to prevent series sweep by A's
Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics
- The Indians won three of four games at home versus the Athletics earlier this season from May 29 -- June 1, outscoring the A's, 23-10, over the four games (including an 8-0 shutout in the series finale). Indians pitchers struck out 59 batters over the four games, tied for the second-most strikeouts by any team in a single series in the last 100 years.
- Cleveland won five of its seven series played from June 16 through the end of the first half (including winning two of three at home versus Detroit in the Indians' final series prior to the break). Cleveland's 15-9 record since June 16 is the third best in MLB over that span behind only the Dodgers' (20-3) and Astros' (15-7) respective records.
- Despite winning four of their final six games prior to the All-Star break, the Athletics finished the first half with the most losses in the AL (50). Oakland has allowed 470 runs this season, tied with Baltimore for the most in MLB; the A's have allowed the most runs in MLB twice since moving to Oakland in 1968 (1982 and 1997).
- Jose Ramirez has totaled 49 extra-base hits this season, the third most by an Indian prior to the All-Star break all-time behind Albert Belle (58 in 1994) and Jim Thome (53 in 1998). Ramirez's 49 extra-base hits are tied with Cincinnati's Adam Duvall for the second most in MLB this season (Colorado's Nolan Arenado has 50).
- Carlos Carrasco is 7-1 with a 2.38 ERA and .197 opponent batting average in nine road starts this season. His seven road wins are tied for the most in MLB (also the Angels' JC Ramirez and the Nationals' Max Scherzer).
- Over his last three starts, Sonny Gray has recorded a 1.71 ERA while holding opponents to a .130 batting average. However, in two starts versus Cleveland since the start of last season (each of which were on the road), Gray is 0-2 with a 15.75 ERA (14 earned runs in 8.0 innings), and Indians hitters went 17-for-38 against him (.447 average).
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer had allowed three runs through the first four innings of his start on May 30 against Oakland and, to say the least, he wasn't happy.
"I got really frustrated and (angry)," Bauer recalled Saturday. "So I tried to throw everything as hard as I possibly could and it worked out well."
Bauer finished with a career-high 14 strikeouts and just one walk in a 9-4 victory at Progressive Field. He allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings, blanking the A's in his final three innings.
Bauer will face the A's again Sunday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum in the finale of their three-game series in a matchup against left-hander Sean Manaea. This time, Bauer will try to pitch angry from the outset.
"That's what I've tried to do since then," Bauer said. "It obviously doesn't always work out exactly like that. I'm trying to be aggressive with what I'm throwing and the intent behind it, be aggressive in the zone and hopefully give up less runs this time."
Bauer went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 190 innings last season. This year, he's 7-7 with a 5.24 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings.
"I have a lot of mixed feelings about it," Bauer said of his season to date. "I feel like I'm a much better pitcher than I was last year, and the results say otherwise. So it's been really frustrating at times. It's been really fun at times. But still half a season left."
Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Bauer's "stuff" has been consistently good throughout the season and his command has become sharper after a slow start.
"I think he has held his stuff from start to right now better than he has since I've seen him," Francona said. "Early on, I don't think he was commanding as good as he needed to. I think it is much better and his numbers reflect that. If you look back at his last eight to 10 starts, they're much more in line with the pitcher he is."
In Bauer's last eight starts, beginning with his victory against Oakland, he's 3-3 with a 4.01 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 16 walks in 42 2/3 innings.
The Indians have lost back-to-back games to Oakland, 5-0 in the series opener on Friday night and 5-3 on Saturday night when Khris Davis hit a two-run, walk-off homer against reliever Bryan Shaw.
Indians ace Corey Kluber struck out 12 and walked none in 7 1/3 innings but gave up solo home runs to A's rookie third baseman Matt Chapman in the third and eighth innings -- Chapman's first career homers.
Oakland, which lost three of four to Cleveland at Progressive Field earlier this season, will go for the series sweep on Sunday.
Manaea is 7-5 with a 3.76 ERA overall, and he has been on a roll in his past 10 starts. After going 1-3 with a 5.52 ERA in his first six starts, Manaea is 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA in his past 10. He has 59 strikeouts and 17 walks in 64 innings during that stretch.
Manaea pitched a gem on May 31 against Cleveland at Progressive Field. He allowed one run and three hits, struck out nine and walked one in a 3-1 victory.
"These guys are really, really good hitters and overall top to bottom they're just a really good team," Manaea said. "You always got to be in that attack mode. You got to make things happen instead of waiting for them to do something. I'll just try to do that on Sunday."
Manaea is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two career starts against Cleveland. He has 17 strikeouts and three walks in 14 innings.
Bauer is 1-1 with a 3.16 ERA in four starts against the A's. He has 27 strikeouts and nine walks in 25 2/3 innings.
Updated July 16, 2017