ANAHEIM -- Indians catcher Chris Gimenez said Saturday night he's never seen Trevor Bauer pitch better.That was after the Angels beat the Indians, 4-3, on a walk-off hit in the ninth at Angel Stadium, spoiling the Tribe's three-run rally in the top of the frame, and Bauer's superb but unlucky
ANAHEIM -- Indians catcher Chris Gimenez said Saturday night he's never seen Trevor Bauer pitch better.
That was after the Angels beat the Indians, 4-3, on a walk-off hit in the ninth at Angel Stadium, spoiling the Tribe's three-run rally in the top of the frame, and Bauer's superb but unlucky eight-inning outing.
"I'm not kidding you -- that was the best he's been since I've caught him," Gimenez said of Bauer's 106-pitch, one-walk effort.
The fiery Bauer, who was not available for postgame interviews, did not pitch in his typical fashion. Coming off a season-high 10-strikeout performance in Seattle (when he also walked only one), Bauer struck out just three Angels (Mike Trout, twice).
"His goal is to go deeper into games," Gimenez said. "That's a good way to get there. I don't think they hit two balls hard off him all night. He really kept them off balance."
Bauer allowed nine hits, the most devastating a bloop, two-run, opposite-field single by Kole Calhoun in the seventh inning. One hard-hit ball was a laser that Jefry Marte hit to third baseman Juan Uribe for a lineout in the sixth, which Uribe turned into a double play.
"We got a break with the line drive to Uribe," manager Terry Francona said. "The next inning they had a bloop hit, a hit-and-run [single], then another bloop hit."
Bauer remains a power pitcher, but he is maturing into one who can also pitch to contact, making him even more effective, Gimenez said.
Asked to contrast Bauer's effort Saturday with Corey Kluber's complete-game, three-hitter in a 6-2 victory, Gimenez said: "Really, the only difference was, we didn't score six runs in the first two innings."
Second baseman Jason Kipnis said Bauer "did a great job. He's been fantastic the past two games. It seems like he's found a new game plan. It's the maturation of him as a pitcher."
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com based in Anaheim.