In an effort to get a better look at left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, and still get innings for Erik Bedard, the Pittsburgh Pirates had Bedard make a start at Pirate City this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays’ A-ball team.
“We want to see [Reyes] pitch against the stiffer competition. [Bedard]’s going to make the club,” Clint Hurdle said about why Bedard was pitching at Pirate City today.
Bedard threw three innings this afternoon at Pirate City, allowing a run on a walk and a hit, with four strikeouts. The run was unearned, as the runner reached on an error by first baseman Alex Dickerson in the second inning.
Bedard was a little shaky in the first inning with his control. He walked the first batter on a full count, then retired the next three batters in order, getting two ground outs and a strikeout. His second inning started off with the error by Dickerson. The run later scored on a two out single.
The third inning was a good one for the left-hander. He started with two strikeouts, both swinging on curveballs, and ended the inning with a ground out to shortstop.
Bedard was originally scheduled to throw four innings, but he had reached 51 pitches after three, and only had about nine pitches remaining. Rather than returning to the mound in the fourth, his outing ended early.
His command was a little rough in the first, but he settled down after that. His curve was effective today, responsible for all four strikeouts. Out of his 51 pitches, 37 went for strikes.