High pitch count forces Trevor Bauer out after six no-hit innings, Indians lose no-hitter in ninth

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Trevor Bauer was unhittable against the Astros today, striking out 11 batters in six shutout, no-hit innings, but he also walked five batters and racked up 111 pitches in recording 18 outs before being pulled by Indians manager Terry Francona.

Bauer created some breakout buzz during spring training by walking a grand total of just one batter in 28 innings, but his career-long control issues resurfaced once the games started counting again.

He remains one of the highest-upside young starters in the league, but consistently throwing strikes with his excellent raw stuff is the key to Bauer taking a big step forward … and possibly taking a no-hitter past six innings.

UPDATE: Thanks to Bauer and three relievers Cleveland took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, but lost it on a Jed Lorwie home run with one out.