O's fantasy wrap, 6/22

I'm still trying to decide if what I just witnessed is real.

In case you missed it, the Orioles led 5-1 going into the ninth inning, but ended up losing, 8-5.


The play you'll want to watch over and over again on the highlights came in the 10th inning. With Hanley Ramirez on second and a base open, the Orioles and reliever Todd Williams decided to intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera.

I think.


The lob to Ramon Hernandez was not far enough outside and Cabrera took a swing as if he was playing in a pick-up game. The line-drive single scored Ramirez and gave the Marlins a 6-5 lead. If they ever decide to make another Major League movie and need to show everything going wrong for the Cleveland Indians, they will want to use this play.

Anyway, on the fantasy front, Orioles starter Kris Benson threw eight strong innings despite receiving the no-decision. He allowed six hits and one earned run. In his last two starts, Benson has allowed two earned runs in 16 innings. He has allowed three earned runs or less in five straight outings.

O's catcher Ramon Hernandez snapped out of his slump in a big way. Batting in the six-hole, he went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs. Hernandez entered the game in an 0-for-23 slump. He had no homers or RBIs in his previous seven games.

Meanwhile, for Florida, Ramirez went 1-for-5 with his only hit coming in the form of a bunt single in the 10th. The Marlins' rookie is in a major funk, having managed just three hits in his last 45 at-bats.

Jeremy Hermida went 4-for-5 and is 9-for-17 in his last five games.

On the mound, Scott Olsen pitched well, allowing three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six, walked two and allowed three hits. Olsen has completed seven innings in four of his last five starts and has struck out 22 in his last three outings. He is 6-3 with a 4.60 ERA on the season.