TAMPA, Fla. -- Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in his third Grapefruit League start this spring. He walked three and struck out three in the Pirates 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday night.
Bedard said he was shooting for 65-70 pitches for his outing, and finished with 68 on the night. 44 of them were strikes.
"Middle of spring. Just try to get the pitch count up. When you’re not at 100 yet, it’s hard to say," Bedard said of how he's feeling at this point in the spring. The lefty said his goal before leaving camp is to get his pitch count up to 90-100.
In the first, Bedard walked two and allowed a double, but was able to get out of the inning unscathed. Bedard was sharp in his second frame, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
"It’s been one of his focus points this spring, getting the ball glove side to right-handers," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "I thought to...