If Diamondbacks fans were looking for a dominant performance foretelling a future Cy Young Award from Trevor Bauer on Thursday (and the colossal buzz leading up to his major league debut would suggest they were), they probably came away disappointed.
Based on the astronomic expectations in place for the 21-year-old phenom's debut, it was a letdown -- four innings and a no decision. But by realistic standards, the outing was not that bad and provided a reasonably accurate look at Bauer's strengths and weaknesses.
Moreover, Bauer kept the D-backs in position to win, which they did, 3-2, to avoid a sweep in Atlanta. Some might even call that a success.
Bauer's high pitch count through four innings -- 74 on three day's rest after throwing 50 pitches for Triple-A Reno on Tuesday -- as well as a leg cramp believed to be very minor took him out of the game early, as did control issues. He allowed two runs on five hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
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