BALTIMORE -- In a season where the Orioles have had a lot of surprises, outfielder Nate McLouth has certainly been one of their most pleasant.
Since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, McLouth has a .263 average in 22 games, with two homers and nine RBIs. He's played mostly left field, filling a hole that has existed most of this season. McLouth entered Thursday's series finale against the White Sox having gone 4-for-10 in the first three games versus Chicago, including a three-hit night on Tuesday.
McLouth had a few big years with the Pirates, his best coming in 2008, but his career took a downward track after that. He wound up this year with Norfolk after the Orioles signed him earlier this summer. But McLouth has been a big help to the O's since joining the team.
"I kind of take heart in the fact that I've continued to work hard and continued to stick with it, whether it's gone well or whether it's gone bad," McLouth said. "It feels like it's definitely starting to turn around."
McLouth has given the Orioles stability in left field, a position they had problems filling after Nolan Reimold was injured early in the season.
The 30-year old McLouth has been playing almost daily recently and has been slowly gaining confidence.
"There's no question that if you struggle like I did, your self-confidence is going to take a hit," McLouth said. "That's kind of inevitable. But it's something where it's kind of hard to build that back up until you've had a little bit of success."