The Erik Bedard factor

When Adam Jones launched his 30th home run to deliver the crowning blow in the Orioles’ three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, it was hard not to think of former O’s pitcher Erik Bedard, who – you could make the case – made it all possible.

Of course, it was Bedard who was dealt to the Mariners in a trade they would soon regret for Jones, Chris Tillman, George Sherrill and two other players. And the fallout from that deal had an impact on all three games of this important series for the Orioles.

Tillman took awhile to live up to the great promise that made him such an important part of the trade, but he pitched a brilliant game on Monday night to improve his record to 8-2. To find the connection to the second game of the series requires a second degree of separation, since pitcher Steve Johnson – who came up big in extra innings – was not in the original deal. He was acquired later as an apparent throw-in with Josh Bell in the deal that sent Sherrill to the Dodgers in 2009.

Jones waited until the 11th inning on Wednesday night to remind M’s fans of what they’ve been missing, but that wasn’t really necessary since he has had terrific success against them over the course of his Orioles career.

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