The eighth-inning sequence symbolized the most dominating night of Erik Bedard's career. After retiring 11 straight Florida Marlins, the Orioles pitcher allowed an infield single and then hit Jeremy Hermida with a 3-0 pitch. For the first time all game against Bedard, the Marlins had a runner in scoring position.
Bedard responded by striking out Miguel Olivo, who flailed at a curveball. Then, it was Chris Aguila's turn to swing through another curveball. Finally, with a good portion of the crowd of 16,135 standing, Bedard fanned Reggie Abercrombie on an outside fastball, his catcher Ramon Hernandez pumping his fist on the way to the dugout.
Marlins@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Marlins' Scott Olsen (6-3, 4.70) vs. Orioles' Kris Benson (8-5, 4.32)