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.”