Thursday, May 26, 2011
Nolan Reimold, 2009 Topps Heritage Chrome #CHR168
-Singled in his first at-bat of the year on Friday after entering as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning.
-Belted a game-tying two-run homer in his first trip to the plate Saturday, helping the O's come back to win 8-3.
-Went 4-for-4 today with a walk, a double, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI to key a comeback from an early 4-0 deficit. The Orioles beat the Royals 6-5 in 12 innings to claw back to .500 (24-24) for the first time since the beginning of the month. His double in the 11th might have scored Mark Reynolds with the winning run, but it bounced out of play and Reynolds had to stop at third base.
So in 11 at-bats this week, Reimold has already matched the home run output of his 2-month, 116-AB scuffle of 2010. It's good to know that he didn't just turn into a pumpkin overnight, and that Nolan still has the potential to contribute to a winning Orioles team long after Guerrero and Lee are gone. Now it's up to Buck Showalter to keep finding at-bats for him when the roster returns to full strength. Not a bad problem to have.