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Erik Bedard allows no hits in 6.1 innings, loses anyway

Jul 20, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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Astros lefty Erik Bedard brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ran into a bit of trouble and a high pitch count. After Bedard walked Justin Smoak with one out (Bedard’s fifth walk of the evening), manager Bo Porter wasn’t willing to let him go beyond 111 pitches, replacing him with Jose Cisnero. Cisnero ran into a bit of trouble himself after recording the second out, walking Mike Zunino, then allowing the Mariners their first hit, a Michael Saunders two-run double that landed on Tal’s Hill.

Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma threw a scoreless seventh, Charlie Furbush tossed a scoreless eighth, and Tom Wilhelmsen nailed down the 4-2 victory in the ninth inning. Bedard becomes the ninth pitcher since 1901 to go at least six innings, allow no hits, and receive a loss. The last pitcher to do it was Jered Weaver in 2008 against the Dodgers.

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER
Jered Weaver 2008-06-28 LAA LAD L 0-1 GS-6 ,L 6.0 0 1 0
Matt Young 1992-04-12 (1) BOS CLE L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 0 2 2
Andy Hawkins 1990-07-01 NYY CHW L 0-4 CG 8 ,L 8.0 0 4 0
Don Wilson 1974-09-04 HOU CIN L 1-2 GS-8 ,L 8.0 0 2 0
Clay Kirby 1970-07-21 SDP NYM L 0-3 GS-8 ,L 8.0 0 1 1
Steve Barber 1967-04-30 (1) BAL DET L 1-2 GS-9 ,L 8.2 0 2 1
Ken Johnson 1964-04-23 HOU CIN L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 0 1 0
Bob Shawkey 1917-07-04 (2) NYY WSH L 4-5 7.0 0 1 0
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Generated 7/20/2013.

Also of note, Kyle Seager‘s 15-game hitting streak came to an end, as did the Mariners’ streak of 23 consecutive games with a home run.

  1. xsturmin8 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    It looks like the M’s set the record for most runs scored in a game with only one hit (I’m a BR play index novice so someone feel free to correct me). Three runs has been done a bunch, but it looks like nobody had ever scored 4 before.

  2. dondada10 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Clearly Erik Bedard doesn’t know how to pitch to the score.

    s/

    • raysfan1 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Also lacking enough will to win

  3. yahmule - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    That’s nice for Mariner’s fans. Bedard made zero friends in Seattle.

    • Reflex - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Why would they blame Bedard for Bavasi’s idiocy?

      • yahmule - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Bedard was a guy one of those guys who treated everybody like peasant from the day he walked through the door. He seemed to be equally despised by fans, media and eventually team management.

        Watching Adam Jones become what everybody expected was like giving the fanbase a collective paper cut and pouring lemon juice on it.

        I believe this was roughly the same time frame when Bavasi was acquiring Jose Vidro off the scrap heap and proudly announcing the search for a number three hitter was over.

      • Reflex - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        I never heard any of that about Bedard, and at the time he was acquired he seemed well regarded in Baltimore. The problem with Bedard was that Bavasi bet the farm on a guy who had had exactly one full season without injury in his entire career to that point, and then was shocked that he continued to have injuries every single year. Furthermore, the M’s really were not lacking an ace at the time, so the trade never really made sense in the first place.

        I don’t blame Bedard for being the same guy they traded for. I blame the GM for making trade and expecting Bedard to be someone else. Combined with his poor drafts and repeated bad trades, Bavasi seemed to live in an alternative universe where players were something different from their actual performance.

    • jayquintana - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Hear, hear. I can’t believe it, but I thought it was a GREAT trade at first. Actually, it was a great trade… for the Orioles — they got Adam Jones.

      Bedard was/is too soft and temperamental. If the conditions weren’t right, he couldn’t pitch. I don’t know how many times I screamed, “man up, already!”

      • Reflex - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        Yeah, ‘man up’ is exactly the right response to a torn labrum…

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Wise.

    Good call by Bo Porter to not risk damaging the future of the franchise by having Erik Bedard throw too many pitches.

    I think someday we will look back and say “That was the decision that secured these 3 consecutive World Series trophies.”

    Come on man. Seriously. You’re the Astros. He’s Erik Bedard. If he’s laying on his back throwing the ball underhand straight up in the air what difference does it make?

    • dondada10 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      110 pitches? He had at least 40 more.

      -Bruce Bochy

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        “40? Hah! Pussy!”

        -Dusty Baker

  5. cocheese000 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I bet Brian Kenny is so happy about this. He thinks wins are an overrated stat and I agree.

    • chill1184 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      #killthewin

  6. northstarnic - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    When did Erik Bedard start pitching for the twins?

  7. Brian Murphy - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    The Mariners became the first team since at least 1916 to score at least four runs on one hit and win.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    he should have retired 6 years ago

  9. Kevin S. - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    According to ESPN, Bedard pulled himself out.

  10. kpizzow - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    We miss him here in Baltimore..has always been a quitter..Lincecum threw 150 pitches or something last week and has more of a future than Bedard – despite his recent struggles…Astros and Bedard are a perfect fit..

  11. Brian Tinsman - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    This post doesn’t tell much of the story. Bedard pulled himself with a no-no intact, which is the real story here.

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