10:30 a.m., April 13)
gem to pick up first win of the season
native Erik Bédard posted his first win since last July on Tuesday when
he held the Oakland A's to three hits over eight and one third innings to
pick up the decision. File photo
So much for
spring training being a harbinger of things to come. Two starts after wrapping
up what can only be described as a mediocre spring training session with
the Seattle Mariners, Navan hurler Erik Bédard was in mid-season form on
Sunday as he shutout the Oakland A's over eight and one third innings to
pick up his first win of the year.
The big left-hander
was nothing short of dominating, as he allowed just three hits while striking
out seven and walking one. At one point in the game he retired 13 straight
batters before giving up a lead-off single in the ninth.
He needed less
than 10 pitches to retire the side in the third, fifth, sixth and eighth
innings and threw less than 16 pitches in the first, second and ninth innings.
The only inning
in which the A's threatened to score was the fourth when Matt Holliday reached
first base on an infield single and then Bédard gave up his one and only
walk to put runs on first and second with two out. The
next batter up ran the count to 2-2 before Bédard struck him out swinging
on superb sinker that ran away from him.
Bédard was locked
in a pitcher's duel for most of the game as A's starter Trevor Cahill was
working on a no hitter until the seventh inning when Mike Sweeney doubled
home Adrian Beltre who had reached first base on a single.
were still nursing a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning when David Aardsma was
brought in to relieve Bédard after Orlando Cabrera laid down a sacrifice
bunt to move Ryan Sweeney to second.
out Jason Giambi, Aardsma walked Cust Holliday to put runners on first and
second. The next batter up was Jack Cust who ran the count to three balls
and two strikes before lining out to Mariners left-fielder Ronny Cedeno.
After the game
Bédard told reporters that he had no problem staying focused and on task
during the game.
you see the other guy throwing zeros, you want to do the same," Bédard
said, referring to Cahill's no-hit performance through the first six innings.
"We had some good defense and they made all the plays. That helps a
lot. I was able to throw strikes with all my pitches."
Bédard was within
two outs of his second career complete game shutout when Aardsma was brought
in to relieve him.
Rob Johnson said Bédard's sinker was especially effective and he mixed his
pitches up well.
spot-on with every pitch and kept hitters off balance big-time," the
Mariners' catcher said. "He was able to throw his sinker to both sides
of the plate."
start will be against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
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