Erik Bedard Escapes Key Jam In Rays 4-0 Win Over Mariners
Lefty Shuts Down Mariners For Six Innings En Route To 4-0 Rays Victory
Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.61 ERA) is quietly putting together a very nice season for the Tampa Bay Rays. Last night he delivered six shutout innings against the Seattle Mariners recording a season high eight strike outs.
He has allowed one earned run or less in six of his last eight starts including zero in three of them. Last night the Mariners put runners at second and third with nobody out in the top of the third but the wily veteran used his curveball to keep the Seattle hitters off balance and escaped the jam.
After the game he said the effectiveness of his curveball was key, "Throw it for strikes when you're ahead in the count, behind in the count and they can't just sit on one pitch." He was relieved that the team broke their ten game losing streak saying, "It's way more fun winning so we celebrated, hopefully we can do that tomorrow too."
Rays manager Joe Maddon was impressed with his outing specifically getting out of a second and third nobody out jam in the third inning. "Frenchy [Bedard] was good. That second and third escape piece was good, that pretty much had a lot to do with winning the game. Maybe had everything to do with winning that game because if they had put up several runs right there it'd be difficult with the mood and the thought of having to come from behind would have been very difficult. That one particular moment I think won tonight's game."
"You just have to bear down and make some pitches," Bedard said. "Just try to limit the damage, if one run would've scored it would have been a good inning so I just tried to throw strikes and get some outs."