With his HR tonight, Adam Lind has tied the record for the most pinch-hit HRs in #Nats history.
(He's played 21 games here.) pic.twitter.com/c3MsHFm6V4
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 10, 2017
No one questioned the decision to sign Adam Lind in the offseason to a one-year deal. His numbers spoke for themselves even in a down season with the Seattle Mariners a year ago. Some even speculated he would be the insurance for a slumping Ryan Zimmerman.
However, since Zimmerman has been off to an MVP start, Lind has been relegated to pinch-hitting. The spotty at-bats have not been an issue for the slugger. Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles, Lind showed his value to the powerhouse Nationals.
In the eighth inning of a 1-1 tie, Dusty Baker summoned on Lind to pinch-hit for the struggling Michael Taylor with two on and one out. Lind caught breaking ball by Ubaldo Jimenez that hung over the middle of the plate, driving it 402 yards over the center field wall for a three-run home run.
Lind tied a Nationals’ record with his third pinch-hit home run of the season. He has only played in 21 games, and the season is just 33 games young. He will have plenty of time to put his name alone at the top of the list and possibly extend the lead.
Adam Lind as a pinch-hitter so far this season: 6-for-11, 3 HR, 9 RBI. That's kind of good.
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) May 10, 2017
That’s three home runs in 11 pinch-hit at-bats… Sheesh.