“Today was a game we needed to win”

Yokohama DeNA BayStars Trevor Bauer pitched seven innings, throwing 111 pitches, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball 2023 at Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on Sunday (July 17). However, he was unable to get any support from his offense and suffered the yoke of defeat.

Bauer overcame a rough start to the season, going 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 38 strikeouts in four starts in June, including a three-game sweep, to earn the monthly MVP title, but the good form hasn’t carried over into July.

On July 6, Bauer pitched nine innings of two-run ball against the Yakult Swallows for his second complete game since joining Nippon Professional Baseball. However, he followed that up with a no-decision against the Hanshin Tigers on the 12th, allowing four runs in 7 1/3 innings, and then lost a Quality Start+ (7 innings, 3 earned runs or less) with two runs in 7 innings.

It was a shaky start, but he broke up the no-hitter. Bauer started the inning with a double off leadoff hitter Takashi Uemoto. He then gave up walks to Shogo Akiyama and Shogo Sakakura to load the bases with two outs, but got Kosuke Nakata to ground out to first base to end the inning.

Bauer started the second inning with a leadoff double, but this time he was able to get out of the inning unscathed. He then recorded his first triple against the top of the order of Takayoshi Noma, Shogo Kiyama, and Ryuhei Kiyama in the third inning and cruised through the fourth inning without further incident.

The first run came in the fifth inning. Bauer gave up back-to-back singles to leadoff hitter Hiroki Tokoda and Uemoto to put runners on second and third with no outs, and he allowed a runner to score from third on a grounder to the second baseman to retire the next batter, Norma. But he got the next two batters to ground out to end the inning without further damage, and he kept the score scoreless in the sixth.

The seventh inning was the problem. Bauer once again gave up a leadoff single, but a fielding error put runners on second and third with no outs. He then retired the next two batters in order, but gave up an RBI single to Shogo Akiyama, leaving him with two runs in seven innings.바카라

Despite a solid outing, Bauer was unable to get any support from his offense as the game ended, and Yokohama DeNA fell to Hiroshima 1-2. This was Yokohama DeNA’s third straight one-run “sweep” of Hiroshima heading into the All-Star break.

Last start before the All-Star break. Bauer must have felt pretty bad about the seven-inning, two-run loss. “Everyone in the locker room is feeling frustrated,” he said after the game, according to Japan’s Sports Hochi, “We didn’t play enough baseball to win this series as a team,” he said.

“Today was a game we should have won,” Bauer said angrily, “but the seventh inning was pretty tough. Anyway.

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