Scheduled to pitch one inning against Los Angeles, left-hander Erik Bedard went two – and then had to go throw in the bullpen.
Against the Dodgers, he got six outs on just 14 pitches – nine of those strikes. At that pace, he could have thrown a complete game with 63 pitches.
Instead, he left the game with a lead, threw another 20 pitches in the bullpen and called it a good day.
“I was just getting the feel for my pitches, throwing strikes,” Bedard said. “Fourteen pitches in two innings? That’s not me.”
As for the Mariners offense, it grabbed a 4-0 lead, scoring first on back-to-back doubles by Matt Tuiasosopo and Franklin Gutierrez.
Off the field, Mike Morse was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms and Felix Hernandez became a second-time father with the birth of his first son, six-pound, 10-ounce Abraham.