Every pitcher dreams of competing for a no-hitter in the major leagues. They imagine experiencing the euphoria of being on the mound for the last few innings, home crowd going crazy after you get your 10th strikeout, being carried off the field glove lifted in the air in triumph. Erik Bedard was experiencing all that (except the final glory) when he told his manager “I’m done”. With a pitch count mounting against the Seattle Mariners, Bedard thought better of testing his surgically repaired shoulder, according to the AP via ESPN news services:
The left-hander took himself out of his attempt at his first career no-hitter 6 1/3 innings into it. The journeyman handed the ball over to manager Bo Porter with a stat line of 10 strikeouts, five walks, one earned run, 109 pitches and, oh yeah, zero hits.
“I asked him, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said, ‘I’m done,’ ” Porter told reporters after the game, a 4-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
“I’ve had three shoulder surgeries, I’m not going over 110 [pitches]. I’d rather pitch a couple more years than face another batter.”
Astros southpaw Erik Bedard gives up the ball without giving up a hitCredit: AP/Pat Sullivan
The move didn’t work out, as the reliever that came in behind him gave up the game’s only hit, a 2-run double to plate a couple of walks (including one Bedard was responsible for). Eventually giving the Mariners the win, 4-2 with just the one hit and Bedard the statistical loss.
Two recent cases of pitchers staying in well past 120 pitches are former Cy Young Award winners San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum (148 pitches) last week and New York Mets ace Johan Santana (134 pitches) last year. Santana’s arm hasn’t been healthy since.
To me it seems Bedard made the right choice, his arm was going to give out and a hit was probably coming one way or another. It just wasn’t meant to be.
You would think mired in a losing downward spiral, the Houston Astros wouldn’t be producing a great deal of interesting games. But rookie Jarred Cosart made a no-hit bid in his debut last week, Brandon Barnes hit for the cycle on Friday, and now another no-hit bid for Bedard on Saturday.
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