* First pitch was at 1:08 p.m. (MST) with a temperature of 79 degrees.
Top of the first inning – former Mariner Rich Aurilia made two nice defensive plays (two more than he ever made with the Ms) at third base as the Mariners went down 1-2-3.
Bottom of the first — Bedard gets Rajai Davis to ground out to second on a nine-pitch at-bat, he then gets Kevin Frandsen to pop up to right, Randy Winn gets the first hit off Bedard on a blooper to right. Inning ends with Bedard getting Ray Durham to fly out to left. He threw 15 pitches – 14 fastballs and one curve, 11 of them strikes.
Top of second — Rich Aurilia makes yet another nice play and Greg Norton hits into a 4-6-3 double play.
Bottom of second— Bedard has himself a little trouble, giving up three runs on two hits and a sac fly. He walked Aaron Rowand to open the inning, Rich Aurilia hit what should have been a double off the wall, but base running gaffe by Rowand left it as a single. Bedard then walked Dan Ortmeier to load the bases. From there he struck out Guillermo Rodriguez to get the firs out. However, Travis Denker, who played in Class A last year, hit a line drive through the box for the first run. Rajai Davis followed with a sac fly to right to score Aurilia and Kevin Frandsen singled to right to score Ortmeier. In all Bedard threw 44 pitches in two innings with 31 strikes, and Cha Seung Baek will be coming in.
Basically it seems like Aurilia contributed more than he did in his entire time with the Mariners.
Top of third— Lincecum faced four batters, giving up a single off of Miguel Cairo and came out of the game for Jose Capellan, who got Jeremy Reed to pop out to end the inning.
Bottom of third — Cha Seung Baek has relatively stress free inning but he did forget to cover first base on the third out forcing Richie Sexson to hustle hard to first base to make an easy out somewhat difficult.
Top of fourth — Raul Ibanez leads with a single, but nothing comes of it, Mariners have jsut three hits.
Bottom of fourth — Cha Seun Baek cruises through as Matt Tuiasosopo makes a nice catch on a line drive at third.
We’re still waiting to talk to Erik Bedard, who wrapped his running 10 minutes ago. We could be waiting awhile.
Just got back from talking to Bedard and it was one of the most interesting and hard hitting interviews of my life. I’m surprised it won’t be on 60 minutes. Anyway, we discussed Barack Obama’s oratory skills, the failing U.S. dollar, the dried up housing market… OK maybe not… here’s the gist of it…. “I threw strikes they hit them. I’m not worried. It’s the first game.” Not much else.
Anway the Mariners managed to cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth on a wild pitch and a sac fly. The Mariners took the lead in the top of the eighth as Mike Morse singled to left-center to score two runs.