Bedard ends bumpy spring slate
Seattle lefty goes six innings in Opening Day tuneup
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The numbers on Wednesday and throughout Spring Training are not that pretty for Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard.Bedard picked up the 8-5 victory over the Royals, giving up four runs on five hits, including two home runs, with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings. It was his final spring outing before his Opening Day start Monday against the Rangers at Seattle on Monday. Would Bedard like to take that same stuff into the season opener? "Four runs, six innings -- no," Bedard said. While the line might not have been great, Seattle manager John McLaren was pleased. "I thought Erik threw the ball well," McLaren said. "He made a couple of bad pitches, and the wind blew one out. He had real good velocity. His breaking ball was a lot sharper. I liked what I saw today." Bedard finished Spring Training 2-2 with an 8.63 ERA in six starts. He gave up 35 hits, including nine home runs, while striking out 10 and walking eight in 24 innings. "I'm happy with him," McLaren said. "He's ready. I asked him if he was ready to get out of Arizona, and he said, 'Yes, I am.'" There were other plusses for the Mariners. They opened the game with four runs and five hits in the first inning, which started with singles by Willie Bloomquist and Jose Lopez and a double from Jose Vidro. The big inning came off former Seattle pitcher Gil Meche, who will be the Royals' Opening Day starter. "With a pitcher like Meche, he can get in a groove and just all of a sudden start coasting on you," McLaren said. "We put some people in motion. You try to get ahead and get a little cushion and add on from there. That's what we tried to do." Bloomquist, who had been out with quadriceps tightness, went 1-for-5, striking out twice, and had some problems in the field.
"He's a little rusty," McLaren said. "I thought he should have had a couple of balls in center field, but you've got to give him a little slack. He usually catches those balls."The game ended with Mark Lowe, who had elbow surgery after the 2006 season, hitting 95-96 mph on the radar gun and striking out Mitch Maier to pick up a save. "He was impressive," McLaren said of Lowe. "He's shown us that he's recovered. He's thrown back-to-back [games]. I like what I see of him." The Mariners also got a glimpse of the future, with 18-year-old shortstop Carlo Triunfel brought over from Minor League camp. Triunfel robbed Mark Teahen of a hit in the sixth inning. "That should be on ESPN tonight," McLaren said. "That was impressive, that's for sure. We're just trying to get him a little taste. It was good to see. He hit that ball really hard."
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.