San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell wasn't happy with the condition of the mound during Sunday's finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he put the blame directly on counterpart Trevor Bauer.
"Bauer, he be digging in that mound a lot," Snell said following the game. "Oh my God ... it looked like something just crashed on top of the mound. It was just the biggest hole. So, Bauer, we gotta work on that. I know you gotta get grip on the ground or whatever. But, man, my foot was killing me."
But Bauer later tweeted that Snell was the culprit:
Snell has had a rocky start to his Padres tenure but managed his best outing yet against the reigning champions Sunday. The former American League Cy Young winner allowed two runs on a pair of hits and two walks while striking out seven over five innings. While the 28-year-old was given the no decision, San Diego won the finale 5-2 to avoid a three-game sweep.
Bauer, 30, outdueled Snell slightly, allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out seven over six frames.
The bullpens were the difference. Dodgers relievers Brusdar Graterol, Scott Alexander, and Dennis Santana combined to allow four runs over two innings, while Austin Adams, Craig Stammen, Keone Kela, and Mark Melancon totaled seven strikeouts over four shutout frames for the Padres.
The three-game series marked the division rivals' first meetings of the 2021 season. The two teams are scheduled to face each other 16 more times.