Cleveland Indians right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer recorded his first complete game shutout Sunday in an 8-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Bauer threw 117 pitches, recording eight strikeouts while allowing four hits and no walks. This is his first victory since April 30.
Bauer got into some trouble in the second inning after Harold Castro led off with a triple. Bauer then forced a pop-out and a comeback grounder that kept Castro at third and shortly thereafter ended the inning by striking out Bobby Wilson. In the following seven innings Bauer never looked back, as only two more batters ever reached base.
This is Bauer’s first complete game since June 22, 2016, in a win against the Tampa Bay Rays, when he struck ten batters and allowed one run on three hits.
Bauer has already pitched several spectacular games this season, including a seven-inning no-hitter in early April and three other appearances with ten strikeouts. After eight consecutive appearances without a win going into Sunday’s game, this performance should bolster his confidence and send the team into good spirits heading into an important series against the Rangers on Monday.