After Andy Pettitte’s complete-game win over the Astros on Saturday in the final game of his major league career, the veteran Yankee left-hander said he gave it everything he had and left it all on the field.
Houston starter Erik Bedard pretty much did the same thing on Sunday, leaving nothing in the tank after throwing seven shutout innings. Only Bedard didn’t factor in the decision as the Astros lost to the Yankees 5-1 in 14 innings before a crowd of 40,542 at Minute Maid Park.
Bedard allowed only three hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. The left-hander threw 103 pitches, 69 for strikes.
“Bedard was outstanding,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “He absolutely did his thing tonight.
“He was 92, 93 (fastball), breaking ball, changeup, throwing it at any count, pitched to both sides of the plate. I mean Bedard’s done a great job all year, he’s taken the ball. He’s pitched out of the bullpen. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and today was another example.”
Bedard left Sunday’s game with a 1-0 lead and was looking for his fifth win. In the first inning, Bedard struck out three of the four batters he faced and was off to a fast start.
“It was the last day, try to make it quick, throw strikes and try to get some outs,” said Bedard.
The oldest pitcher in the six-man Houston rotation that includes four rookies, the 34-year-old Bedard pitched well over the latter course of the season, striking out 56 in 49 innings. He held the opposition to three runs or less in seven of his last 10 starts and in 16 total starts.
Bedard finished his first season with the Astros with a 4-12 record and 4.59 ERA for a club that lost a franchise-record 111 games and its final 15 games. Despite the record, Bedard said it was still an enjoyable year.
“It was fun,” said Bedard. “We had a lot of young guys and I tried to give them some wisdom and some experience that I’ve been through.”