Erik Bedard didn’t talk to the media after the Seattle Mariners’ 7-2 loss in 10 innings to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, but he wasn’t avoiding questions.
There wasn’t really anything to ask the Mariners’ hard-luck left-hander.
Perhaps the only valid query would have been: “Erik, is it frustrating to go out and give your team seven strong innings, allow just one run, strike out seven against a dangerous lineup and only get one hit and one run in return during the time you were in the game?”
After that, there wasn’t much to ask or say.
Bedard pitched like he has most of this season – solid.
“Bedard threw extremely well,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.
Bedard allowed one run on seven hits and no walks in seven innings. He struck out seven.
“We don’t expect anything less from Bedard,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
The only run the Rangers could scrape together against Bedard came in the seventh inning when Nelson Cruz crushed a 91 mph fastball – the first pitch of the at-bat – over the visitors’ bullpen.
“It wasn’t that bad of a pitch, Cruz just took a good swing at it,” Wakamatsu said.
Still, one run in seven innings against a Rangers team that came into the game with 46 home runs – tops in the American League – impressed Wakamatsu.
“It’s a good outing from him to keep that offense to one run,” Wakamatsu said.
The Rangers pounded out 16 hits in the game, 26 in the two-game series – without hard-hitting center fielder Josh Hamilton.
“It’s one of those lineups that you can’t take a break from one through nine,” catcher Rob Johnson said. “They’ve got power, they’ve got speed, they’ve got on-base percentage.”
For the most part, Bedard rendered the lineup toothless.
“Erik did a great job of not walking anybody today,” Johnson said. “That’s the type of team where you start walking guys, they really put the pressure on you.”
Griffey out another day
Ken Griffey Jr.’s bout with diverticulitis (inflamed colon) kept him out of the lineup for the third consecutive game.
Wakamatsu said everything is fine and Griffey is recovering on schedule.
Wakamatsu said he thinks Griffey will be in the lineup today in Kansas City.
“We really had a strong feeling that he’d be OK (Tuesday),” Wakamatsu said.
On the comeback trail
Reliever Brandon Morrow felt good after throwing a bullpen session Monday. Wakamatsu said Morrow will throw a couple more times in the bullpen and should be ready to pitch when he’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Saturday. … Left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith threw a bullpen session Tuesday and could pitch in a simulated game in Texas (May 12-14). If that goes well, Rowland-Smith will probably get sent out for a rehabilitation assignment, but he’s at least three weeks away from returning to the Mariners as a starter.
The Mariners open a two-game series in Kansas City today. Right-hander Carlos Silva (1-2, 7.36 ERA) is scheduled to start for Seattle, while Sidney Ponson (0-4, 7.16 ERA) is expected to start for Kansas City. First pitch is set for 5:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 710-AM and FSN.
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