Mariners Insider Blog

Bedard left with a lead that didn't last long

Erik Bedard doesn't look like a man with a crisp fastball today, but he's getting by with breaking pitches and changeups – fooling Angels hitters instead of overpowering them.

The Mariners haven't scored in two innings, but Bedard has kept the Angels in check, as well, and it appears he'll go to the mound again in the third inning. He needed 25 pitches to get through the first inning, then set the Angels down in the second, 1-2-3.

As for Seattle's offense, the lineup is a bit … sparse. You could make the case that only two regular season starters – Franklin Gutierrez and Russell Branyan – are playing today, along with Ronny Cedeno, Wladimir Balentien, Chris Shelton, Matt Tuiasosopo, Chris Woodward, Jamie Burke and Reegie Corona.

Looks like a little ball lineup if ever there was one, not that manager Don Wakamatsu has much choice. After a night game, he gave Ken Griffey, Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt and Mike Morse a little down time.

With Jose Lopez, Ichiro Suzuki, Endy Chavez, Kenji Johjima and Greg Halman gone to the World Baseball Classic, that doesn't leave many starters available.

Still, the Mariners scrapped together a one-hit, one-error, double-play ground ball rally to take a 1-0 lead after two innings.

Fans are busily scanning their programs.

No sooner had Bedard left than the Angels rallied for two runs against Shawn Kelley, then pecked away and, by the sixth inning, were ahead, 4-1.

That Mariners offense that has led the Cactus League in runs and hits is MIA today - they have two hits, one a bloop single by Matt Tuiasosopo.

Without base runners, there's no way to play small ball, and when you're not hitting, you look flat.

Seattle is using mostly young players who wouldn't normally be playing, and they're showing why. No lack of enthusiasm, just not many results.