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What we learned as new villain Bauer, Dodgers quiet Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants and Dodgers play each other 18 more times this season. It's going to be hard to top the drama of the first meeting. 

Trevor Bauer lived up to the hype and then some, outdueling Alex Wood and completely embracing the role of heel in his first career game against the Giants. In the most intense game at Oracle Park in years, Bauer threw 6 1/3 shutout innings and did everything he could to rile up a rival fan base while leading the Dodgers to a 2-1 win. 

The Giants had just two hits, both off Bauer, and failed to take advantage of a depleted Dodgers bullpen. By the end of the night they'll be in a tie for first in the NL West with the Padres, one game ahead of the Dodgers. 

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The New Rival

Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig are gone, but Bauer is doing what he can to reignite the rivalry, and the bottom of the fourth showed that he has the potential to be an all-time villain at Oracle Park. 

With two outs and a runner on, Bauer thought he had strike three on a good fastball to Evan Longoria. Home plate umpire Chris Guccione disagreed, and Bauer didn't notice until he was well on his way back to the visiting dugout:

Longoria drew a walk and ended up on second, but with two in scoring position, Bauer struck out Alex Dickerson. He then hit Dickerson with his sword celebration, which seems to be his second favorite after the Conor McGregor strut. It certainly woke the crowd up:


When Bauer was pulled with one out in the seventh, Giants fans showed him with boos. He held his hand up to his right ear to ask for more and then raised both arms as he walked into the Dodgers dugout. 

The Old 9-3 Groundout

Wood was charged with two earned in six innings, but he nearly found himself in an impossibly tight spot in his final frame. With two on, Bauer lined what appeared to be a single to right that would load the bases for Mookie Betts, who already had reached base three times off Wood. But Mike Yastrzemski had other ideas.

Yastrzemski was playing shallow and he scooped the ball up on one hop and threw a perfect strike to Brandon Belt at first. Bauer was out by a couple of steps and the Giants were out of the inning. It was their first 9-3 putout since Gerardo Parra's against the Padres a couple years ago. 

Worth the Price of Admission

Antics aside, Bauer vs. Wood lived up to the hype in front of a season-high 12,753 fans at Oracle Park. 

Bauer was dominant in 6 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits that had a combined hit probability of seven percent. He did, however, make one huge mistake. With two outs in the sixth Bauer threw wide of first base on what would have been an inning-ending groundout, allowing the Giants to score a run and keep upping his pitch count.

Bauer was at 113 pitches after the sixth but came back out for the seventh and issued a walk before striking out Mike Tauchman with a 96 mph on his 126th pitch. It was easily the best performance of the season against this Giants lineup. 

Wood gave up eight hits and walked two, but he got some timely outs, including a huge double play from Albert Pujols, to get through six. The two runs on his ledger came when Mookie Betts doubled and Chris Taylor smoked a homer to dead center in the third. 

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