Erik Bedard joined the Mariners just over 14 months ago. But today, he arrived. Bedard looked every bit the part of a second staff ace, going 8 1/3 innings in a gutsy, 1-0 win over the Oakland Athletics.
He gave up a leadoff single in the ninth, only his third hit allowed all day, all of them singles. Only two of the hits left the infield. David Aardsma came on to finish things off with a runner on second and one out.
It was the 34th 1-0 win in team history. The last one came last May 28 versus Boston. Bedard was on the mound for that as well.
The Mariners have won four in a row and finished this season-opening road trip with a 5-2 record. Say, isn’t the whole two-aces thing what we thought we were going to see last year? Hmm, wonder what it could mean for this club? Consider me impressed so far. Bedard did what he had to in order to win today. That’s the sign of an ace. Your team only scores one, you give up zero. Won’t happen all the time. But as I mentioned earlier, it took this team three months to record a three-game series sweep last year. Not this year. They’ve done it without even playing a home game yet.
The offense wasn’t there today, mustering only three hits as well. But the gloves sure were. Adrian Beltre looked great at the plate and in the field and winds up scoring the winning run.
April 12, 2009 at 3:28 PM