I’ll have to keep this short tonight, hopefully you guys don’t mind.
- Another really encouraging outing for Erik Bedard. After an ugly first inning in which both his command and the defense were off, he settled down really nicely. At one point, he had retired 14 hitters in a row – and even sans Josh Hamilton, this Rangers lineup is anything but a walk in the park. Once he got in a groove and found his command, though, he had no trouble with them. Aside from that first inning and one more little stumble in the sixth, it was fairly smooth sailing throughout his seven(!) innings. It’s fairly obvious what the biggest key to his success is: when he throws strikes, he gets good results.
- Justin Smoak with three more hits, one of them being a double, and all of them coming from the left side of the plate. That’s definitely nice to see, as he’s had more success hitting right handed.
- Don’t look now, but Jack Cust is 5 for his last 14 with 6 walks and 3 doubles. He’s still got quite a lot of hitting to do before he even approaches meeting expectations, but he’s certainly starting to make some headway.
No recap tomorrow, as I’ll be at the game with Brett and likely too tired to write about it when I get home. Pineda!