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August 10, 2011

Reimold blasts Orioles to win

Nolan Reimold knows he has been given a chance to show what he can do for the next two months.

This homestand, he was 2-for-18 heading into the 10th inning Wednesday. He swung at the first pitch from Jason Frasor and crushed it 436 feet to left-center for the second walk-off home run of his career.

“[It was] very important. I am happy I could come through for my teammates,” Reimold said. “We look at one another to come through for the team, so I’m happy I was able to step up this time and get the job done. It’s a good feeling.”

His first game-winner came in his impressive rookie season in 2009, when he was being touted as the left fielder of the future. This one occurred as he is fighting to show he belongs in left field on a regular basis.

He was hitless in his first four at-bats Wednesday but said he has been comfortable at the plate recently, despite his .215 average.

“Honestly, the last few days, I have been feeling pretty good. I’ve been putting some good swings on the ball,” he said. “Before my last at-bat there, I felt good pretty much every at-bat. I hit the ball up in the air. I hit it in the ground. Putting good swings on it, just not able to pull out a hit. So sometimes you’ve got to hit it over the fence to get a hit.”

It was his seventh homer of the season and first since July 26.

“Nolan’s a strong guy with a lot of skills,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s got some skills that could play up here if he can grasp some of the small things, and tonight he got a good return for some of the work he’s been putting in. I know he was excited. So were we.”

Reimold’s teammates were so excited, they mobbed him at the plate. And he got two shaving cream pies in the face -- he thinks they were from Adam Jones and Robert Andino.

“I got more shaving cream in my ear this time,” Reimold said laughing. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know how to get it out. It feels like it is stuck deep in there.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 10:55 PM | | Comments (4)


enjoy this minor league quality product while you can.By 2021 angelos will be dead, mlb will pay the family far market value for the team, and Baltimore and washington will share the nationals.

Reimold has been getting some good swings. I think he is the type of player who needs to play every day, and not a couple times a week.

I wish Buck would stop trying to make excuses for not playing Nolan. He implied Nolan has shortcomings. All the while the club continues reeling off series losses.

This club has got bigger problems than Nolan's alleged deficiencies.

"Led by Guerrero, Orioles cleanup hitters are third to last in the American League in homers, second to last in runs and slugging percentage and last in RBIs."

Please keep Guerrero on the bench. This season is toast and Reimold and Pie need the playing time.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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