Erik Bedard has played all of five of his major league seasons in the American League. But the way the Baltimore Orioles ace has pitched against the National League, he may wish he had spent his entire career there.
Bedard looks to continue his interleague success on Sunday when the Orioles conclude a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Camden Yards.
In eight career starts against the NL, Bedard is 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA, allowing 31 hits in 52 innings while walking 20 and striking out 61.
The left-hander has been near perfect in four interleague home games, going 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He has conceded two unearned runs and 14 hits over 27 innings with nine walks and 29 strikeouts.
Bedard (4-3, 3.73 ERA) limited Washington to one run and three hits over seven innings on May 20, and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts in his only interleague start this season. He was in line for the win before the bullpen faltered in the eighth inning.
Bedard only has one win in his last eight starts overall despite a 2.50 ERA in that span. He has been particularly good in his last three home outings, yielding four earned runs and 12 hits in 20 innings with eight walks and 22 strikeouts.
The Orioles (29-33) held a lead for the 17th straight game Saturday, but a struggling bullpen has been the main culprit in them going 9-8 during that span.
After winning Friday’s series opener behind Steve Trachsel, Baltimore received another excellent performance from starter Jeremy Guthrie, but the offense was held scoreless after the first inning in a 3-2, 10-inning loss on Saturday.
“He was outstanding again tonight,” Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said of Guthrie. “He keeps pitching great. You have to take the positive out of that. If he keeps pitching like that, we’ll win some games.”
Brian Roberts had three of the Orioles’ six hits to raise his average to .325 while the rest of the lineup was 3-for-32.
“Our offense hasn’t been what it should be,” Perlozzo said. “We need to score some runs.”
Kazuo Matsui doubled in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the 10th inning for the Rockies (30-32), winners of five of seven.
Willy Taveras extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a first-inning single. He is batting .379 (25-for-66) during the run.
Colorado has been winning without much of a contribution from Todd Helton, who went 1-for-4 Saturday and is batting .195 (8-for-41) with one homer and two RBIs in his last 11 games.
The Rockies are 7-16 in their last 23 road interleague games.
Jason Hirsh (2-6, 4.92) hopes to end a personal five-game losing streak and record his first win since April 22. The right-hander is 0-5 in his last eight starts since beating San Diego on April 22 for his last victory. He limited Houston to two runs and five hits over six innings on Tuesday, but did not receive a decision in Colorado’s 4-1 loss.
Hirsh has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of 12 starts, but the Rockies have supported him with only 3.1 runs. He has never faced the Orioles.