When bases were loaded, Brewers' Reimer unloaded First grand slam heralds 9-RBI visit

May 24, 1993|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Staff Writer

Kevin Reimer's first career grand slam Friday night was an indication of things to come this weekend for the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder.

Four times in a three-game set against the Orioles, Reimer came to the plate with the bases loaded. Nine RBI later, the Brewers took their first series win on the road this season.

Reimer's slam paced Friday's 9-3 Milwaukee victory. In Saturday's 5-4, 14-inning loss, he delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded.

And yesterday, he launched the Brewers' 9-1 drubbing with a two-run single with the bases loaded against Fernando Valenzuela in the third.

He got another bases-filled opportunity in the ninth and picked up his final RBI with an infield grounder on which third baseman Leo Gomez was charged with a throwing error.

"They gave me a lot of opportunities," Reimer said after going 5-for-13 in the series, raising his average to .292 and his RBI total to 29.

"At times earlier this year I had the bases loaded and didn't do the job."

Brewers manager Phil Garner could appreciate the turnaround.

"In our first five or six games, several times he had men in scoring position and didn't come through," Garner said. "I made the statement then that if you keep putting guys on base, he will come through for you."

Playing for the Texas Rangers a year ago, Reimer hit a home run onto the pavilion behind the right-field scoreboard. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the expansion draft and then promptly traded to the Brewers.

"I had that one home run last year, but I didn't hit that well here," Reimer said. "They've got a great pitching staff over there with [Mike] Mussina and 'Big Ben' [McDonald]."

It was Mussina who surrendered Reimer's first career slam Friday, a shot to the bleachers in right.

Yesterday's two-run single through the middle was the only ball the Brewers hit out of the infield in a three-run rally. It extended his hitting streak to eight games.

"I had never faced Fernando before," Reimer said. "[But] I'm confident against left-handers. I try to put the ball in play. In a situation like that, you want to bear down and hit the ball someplace."

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