Tigers 3, Mariners 2
Erik Bedard has nothing to show for his efforts this season,
even though he believes that he’s making progress.
The Seattle left-hander, coming off three shoulder surgeries,
lost his fourth straight game Wednesday afternoon, 3-2 to the
Detroit Tigers. Bedard went five innings, allowing all three runs
on five hits and five walks, while striking out two.
”It was more innings, another step forward,” said Bedard
(0-4), who didn’t get out of the fifth in his previous two starts.
”It was a little consistent but it’s getting there. It will
probably take time so just take a step at a time and work
Ryan Raburn hit a 408-foot homer to center field off Bedard in
the first inning and Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch also drove
in runs for the Tigers.
”He (Raburn) hit a sinker away. He hit a good pitch,” Bedard
said. ”One out to center in Seattle, that’s a pretty hard to do.
He hit it good.”
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello held the Mariners to one run
and four hits but ran into trouble in the seventh, yielding his
first walk of the game to Luis Rodriguez along with two wild
pitches. Ryan Perry came in and struck out Jack Wilson to end the
”That was a huge out. It changed things around,” Tigers
manager Jim Leyland said. ”People don’t realize how much that
changes things. What it meant is (No. 9 hitter Chris) Gimenez will
come up next inning, not Ichiro. Ichiro is tough to keep off base.
Joaquin Benoit worked a routine eighth. Jose Valverde took over
in the ninth and yielded a leadoff home run to Adam Kennedy, the
first he had allowed in eight appearances. Michael Saunders hit a
one-out double moments later, before Valverde struck out
pinch-hitter Milton Bradley and Carlos Peguero, in his first
big-league start, for his fifth save.
Detroit has won six of its last nine games after a slow start to
the season, while the Mariners lost for the sixth time in eight
The Mariners got their run in the third on Suzuki’s two-out
single to right.
The critical point for the Mariners was the fourth. Kennedy and
Jack Cust opened with singles. Porcello then struck out Saunders,
Rodriguez flied out to left and Peguero struck out.
”That was their big push. To come out of that with no runs,
that was big,” Porcello said. ”Then we come out and scored a run
(in the fifth). That’s what I have to do to be successful,
establish my sinker early, use my off-speed in to lefties to keep
Bedard used 95 pitches to get through his five innings.
”I thought he was better. Again, it is another step,” Mariners
manager Eric Wedge said. ”There is still more in there in regard
to him being a complete pitcher. He knows it and we know it. He
just needs to keep grinding, keep doing the work and the rest will
take care of itself.”
Wedge added that the biggest positive from the game was the
four-inning, one-hit relief from David Pauley.
”He gave us every opportunity to win,” Wedge said. ”We came
close but fell short. He really did a great job.”
Notes: RHP Jeremy Bonderman visited the Tigers clubhouse before
the game. The appearance of the 28-year-old free agent sparked
speculation that he might be interested in returning to the Tigers.
Bonderman lives in Kennewick, Wa. … Mariners RHP David Aardsma,
on the DL after hip surgery, had his first rehab assignment
Tuesday. He threw 22 pitches, allowed two hits, including a two-run
home run, and walked two. ”I felt good, being on the mound, facing
hitters and getting that anxiety out of the way,” said Aardsma,
who will throw again Friday. … Peguero, called up Tuesday to
replace Justin Smoak on a bereavement leave, made his big league
debut as a ninth-inning defensive replacement. He started in left
field and was 0 for 4.