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'(Posted 6:37 a.m., April 25)
Bédard gets plenty of run support in win over L.A. Angels
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Navan native Erik Bédard alllowed three runs, two of them earned, in 6 2/3 innings to pick up his second win of the season for the Seattle Mariners. File photo


During his tenure in the MLB, Erik Bédard has not always received a lot of run support. It was an issue in Baltimore where the Orioles were one of the worst teams in the American League and it was an issue in a couple of starts last year after he joined the Seattle Mariners.

Run support, or a lack thereof, was also a factor in his last two starts this season a 1-0 win over the Oakland A's and 2-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

But runs weren't an issue in last night's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The Mariners were nursing a 1-0 heading into the fifth inning when they exploded for six runs on six hits and a walk. That was more than enough for Bédard who had things in cruise control until the bottom of the fifth when he allowed three runs on three hits including the first homerun he's given up this season.

Prior to the fifth inning, the Navan native retired 11 of the 12 batters he faced. The only Angel who managed to get a hit off him was Erick Aybar who got a double in the fourth inning.

After the fifth in which he threw 24 pitches, Bédard breezed through the sixth inning, retiring the three batters he faced on nine pitches. In the seventh, he got the lead-off hitter to fly out to centre and then gave up a single up the middle. The third batter ran the count to full when Bédard threw a wild pitch that allowed the runner to advance to second. On his next pitch he struck the batter out looking for his sixth punch out of the game and was then pulled in favour of a reliever having thrown over 100 pitcches.

Bédard got high praise from Angel veteran Tori Hunter who said the big leftie was using his curveball to full advantage.

"We got beat by a good pitcher tonight," Hunter told reporters after the game. "We've been hitting pretty well until we faced Bédard. His curveball was A-1. He had that curveball really working today."

Bédard (2-1) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 6 2/3 innings for Seattle. His ERA after four starts stands at 2.08. But his most impressive start by far is the fact that he didn't allow a walk for the second time this season. In fact, he's only allowed three walks in 26 innings of work while striking out 29 for an impressive strike to walks ratio of almost 10:1.

Bédard's next start will be against the Chicago White Sox next Wednesday. The gane will be televised on Sportsnet Ontario at 2 p.m..

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