By Sheldon Ocker
Beacon Journal sports writer
CLEVELAND: It could only be Trevor Bauer.
In two starts, he has worked 10 innings, given up three hits, three earned runs, struck out seven and walked 13.
Bauer was optioned back to Triple-A Columbus after holding the Philadelphia Phillies to no runs in five innings, despite walking six. His lack of command didn’t hurt him because he allowed only one hit and made crucial pitches to stay out of trouble.
“It is what it is,” he said. “I walked six, and I know I have to be better than that. Everything was working for me, but not at the same time. Probably my best pitch overall was my slider.”
Bauer understands that he’s not a finished product, but he doesn’t seem particularly concerned about it, which is not to say he doesn’t care. He knows he has a live arm, and eventually he will learn what he has to learn.
“A lot of times, my mechanics get a little out of sync,” he said. “I might go four, five or six pitches that way, then I’ll figure it out.”
When it was brought to his attention that most of his walks came against left-handed batters, Bauer said: “I didn’t know that. Maybe there’s something to that. I look at video all the time. I won’t do this game now, but I’ll do it tomorrow.”
One factor that might have helped Bauer against the Phillies was pointed out by manager Terry Francona.
“Something that flies under the radar is his competitiveness,” Francona said. “He really competes.”
The Indians claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera on waivers from the Phillies and added him to the 25-man roster. He will take the place of Trevor Bauer, who was optioned to Columbus today.
Carrera appeared in 13 games for Philadelphia and was 1-for-13.
To make room for Carrera on the 40-man roster, first baseman Mike McDade was designated for assignment. McDade batted .230 with seven RBI at Columbus.
Real little ball
Cliff Lee and the Phillies’ bullpen gave up six runs and 14 hits, but they probably deserved better. Among the hits they allowed were six infield singles and a bloop hit.
“We had a bunch of those,” Francona said. “I think that runs in cycles.”
Reliever Blake Wood, who underwent elbow reconstruction surgery a year ago, will begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Double-A Aeros on Saturday.
The Tribe pitching staff has thrown four shutouts this year. … Asdrubal Cabrera has a 10-game hitting streak (.378 on 14-for-37). … In 127 career games as a right fielder, Ryan Raburn is batting .293 (68-for-232) with 16 doubles and 40 RBI.
Joseph Colon gave up two runs and three hits, striking out seven in six innings, as Carolina beat Potomac 3-2 in Class A. Charlie Valerio hit his second home run of the season. … Eric Haase homered and singled twice, driving in one run, as Lake County lost 13-10 to Peoria. Anthony Santander had three hits, including a double, and two RBI.
Sheldon Ocker can be reached at email@example.com.