6:37 a.m., April 25)
plenty of run support in win over L.A. Angels
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
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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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