Bedard: 'It's tough but I battled for six innings'
Houston starting pitcher Erik Bedard did not allow a hit in his 6 1/3 innings. The Astros out-hit the Mariners 7-1. Houston pitchers combined to strike out 15 Seattle batters.
Yet somehow the Astros lost to the Mariners 4-2 on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
“This was the craziest game I’ve been involved in from Little League to the majors,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “Tonight’s game was a perfect example on how to lose a baseball game.”
The Astros did just about everything right except win the game.
Michael Saunders had Seattle’s only hit, and it was a big one. With two outs in the seventh inning, Saunders doubled in two runs off reliever Jose Cisnero to Tal’s Hill in center field, breaking a 2-2 tie and sending the Mariners on their way to their fifth straight win.
Despite not giving up a hit, Bedard (3-7) got the loss.
“It’s tough, to battle through six innings, trying to keep the team in the ballgame,” said Bedard. “I tried to throw strikes and get outs.”
Matt Dominguez had a team-high two hits for the Astros, who were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners on base.
“As a position player you feel bad when you can’t get the win for the pitcher,” said Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who was 0-for-3.
“We didn’t give him enough support as we would have liked,” said Astros catcher Jason Castro, who was 1-for-4.
Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (9-4) didn’t get much hit support, but he walked only two in his seven innings to get the win.
Walks did in Bedard, who had five of Houston’s six walks. Bedard struck out 10 but allowed three runs, one earned.
“Walks will come back to hurt you, but he did everything he could,” said Castro. “He threw an outstanding game. He didn’t give up a hit all night, you can’t ask for anything more than that. We have to do a better job on offense.”
Bedard is the first major league pitcher to pitch 6 1/3-plus no-hit innings and receive a loss since Matt Young (8 innings) received the loss in a 2-1 Cleveland win over Boston on April 12, 1992.
The Astros scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Dominguez scored on a sacrifice fly by Altuve and Jake Elmore scored from third base on an infield single by Castro.