Trevor Bauer did it all (almost) on Sunday.
Bauer had a complete game — but not by the traditional definition.The right-hander started for the Dodgers vs. the Padres and also played umpire and villain during the game, delivering the full Trevor Bauer experience that fans are accustomed to seeing.
Bauer threw six innings of three-hit, one-run ball with seven strikeouts, including a chest-thumping K of Fernando Tatís Jr. for his last out of the day.
The gas. The primal scream. A good out to cap the showing.
One inning earlier, Bauer played the role of umpire, calling teammate Justin Turner safe after the third baseman hilariously tripped over the third-base bag.
By the way, Bauer even seemed enamored with Manny Machado’s arm strength during the game.
Bauer has been very good through his first four starts with the Dodgers this year, and especially in his last three as he has allowed three runs over 19 2/3 innings.
The first series between the Dodgers and the Padres in 2021 proved to be, in technical terms, a doozy. Los Angeles took the first two games before Sunday’s matchup went to San Diego 5-2 after late-game heroics. Mookie Betts performed sorcery with an insane game-sealing catch Saturday night.
Bauer, long known as a lightning rod for controversy for his off-field antics and weaponized use of social media, left a fairly indelible mark in the opening round of the fight between LA and San Diego.
If nothing else, the newest Dodger operating as an old-school heel should add a spicy dynamic to the budding rivalry.