Hardy connected off Cardinals reliever Ryan Franklin, sending the ball an estimated 406 feet to left-center field.
And you thought the night was going to be a total loss.
You can't judge a trade this early, but giving up minor league relievers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson for Hardy during the winter meetings seems like a good one for the Orioles.
Dare I say "steal?"
Adam Jones doubled to score Nick Markakis and reduce the Cardinals' lead to 6-2. Franklin is coming out of the game.
Down on the farm, Triple-A Norfolk's Chris Tillman held Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to one run and five hits over seven innings. Nice recovery after he allowed six runs (five earned) and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings in his previous start.
Jake Fox has homered twice, upping his total to six. He's batting .281 with 15 RBIs.
Steven Bumbry hit his fourth homer for Single-A Frederick. Manny Machado is 1-for-3.
Update: Luke Scott made a leaping catch at the fence to rob Matt Holliday of a home run. He slammed his right knee against the padding and bent at the waist for a few seconds in obvious pain before jogging off the field with a limp.
Can you jog with a limp? If so, Scott was doing it.
Update II: Blake Davis is pinch-hitting for Scott. I'll pass along an update after the game.