ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- When he recorded his last strikeout on a night full of them, Erik Bedard pounded his glove with his fist and then hugged his catcher, Ramon Hernandez. It was a display of emotion the Orioles have rarely seen from the stoic Bedard, but it certainly was fitting for the occasion.
In the Orioles' 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers last night at Ameriquest Field, Bedard tied a franchise record with 15 strikeouts, including 10 of 12 batters at one point. He faced the minimum number of batters, as the Rangers had two hits and no walks and had both base runners erased on double plays. Only four balls hit by the Rangers left the infield.
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Striking it rich
Most strikeouts in a game by one Orioles pitcher:
No. Pitcher Date Opp. 15 Erik Bedard 7/7/07 at Texas 15 Mike Mussina* 10/11/97 at Cleve. 15 Mike Mussina 8/1/00 Minn. 15 Mike Mussina 9/24/00 at Bos. 14 Bob Turley 4/21/54 Cleve. 14 Connie Johnson 9/2/57 N.Y. (A) 14 Mike Boddicker* 10/6/83 Chi. (A) 14 Mike Mussina 5/16/93 at Det. 14 Mike Mussina 7/5/97 at Det.