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Bedard – and Poythress – duel in the sun

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm with 1 Comment »
March 15, 2011 12:30 pm

Left-hander Erik Bedard got his work in – 3 1/3 innings, 66 pitches, two runs, six strike outs – and might have thrown a shutout were it not for run producing machine Rich Poythress.

Bedard was facing Seattle Mariners minor leaguers, and the lineup included Poythress, who had a remarkable 2010 season in Class A. As Bedard got his work in, Poythress went 2-for-2 against him, with two home runs.

“The first pitch was up, the second wound up around the middle of the plate,” Bedard said of the long balls. “But he hit them both a long way.”

That he did.

Poythress, 23, is a first baseman/designated hitter who is 6-foot-4 and listed at 235 pounds. Last season he played 123 games, batted .315 with 31 home runs and 130 RBI. That’s right, he had more than an RBI a game.

Jay Buhner, in camp for a few days working with minor league outfielders, watched both home runs. As Poythress rounded the bases after the second, Buhner yelled to Bedard: “Next time, walk him intentionally!”

Afterward, in the clubhouse, Bedard asked Buhner what he thought of his game.

“Two home runs,” Bedard said.

“You pitch around that one guy, you’ve got a hell of an outing,” Buhner said.

Yes, Bedard laughed.

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  1. SharkHawk says:

    Some guys just hit certain guys really well. I can remember Warren Spahn talking about some guy who basically couldn’t hit ANYBODY well, but he hammered Warren.

    I can remember this kid I played against in high school that had a delivery that was such that due to my stance, my height, placement in the box, head-tilt etc. I had what seemed like forever to see what he was doing with the ball.

    I hit many longballs off of that guy, but nobody else did. I didn’t hit for power off of anybody else as I was a gap hitter and tried to work line to line if I could. But on that guy…. everything was just perfect.

    Let’s be glad he’s in our organization! :)

    That isn’t to say that Poythress won’t develop into a fine major leaguer. He certainly has the credentials thus far to become a very good hitter. It is just interesting to see a guy with so little experience against top level pitching hitting so well off of a guy who has always been known as a good placement pitcher and who has been basically untouchable all spring.

    Nice to see Erik is enjoying being here and my entire opinion of the guy has changed. If he gets hurt this year? I’ll cheer him even harder than ever because he’s worked his butt off, he’s been a man of his word, he’s given everything he can to the M’s, and in spite of all of the crap fools like MYSELF had to say about the guy he showed loyalty to the organization and the fans and seems to be getting comfortable.

    I hope he is around for the remainder of his career and he experiences redemption. He reminds me of guys like Terry Mulholland and I loved to watch that guy pitch because he was gutty and loyal, and I’d like see Bedard pitch forever like Terry. :)

    Have a great season. I look forward to seeing the crew progress.

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