Skip to comments.Hamilton makes history with four home runs
Posted on 05/08/2012 9:56:39 PM PDT by TBP
Josh Hamilton tied a Major League record when he hit four home runs against the Orioles on Tuesday night, and Netali Feliz allowed one run over six innings as the Rangers won their second straight with a 10-3 victory at Camden Yards.
Hamilton is the 16th Major League player to hit four in one game and the first since Carlos Delgado did it on Sept. 25, 2003, for the Toronto Blue Jays.
He also set an American League record with 18 total bases. He had a double in his other at-bat to tie a Major League record for extra-base hits. All four home runs were two-run shots as Elvis Andrus scored on all four.
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Fernando Tatís two grand slams in one inning.
Yeah, rarer than a no hitter.
And Tatis hit both off the same pitcher. It will never be repeated. Darn few guys have hit a grand slam then come up again in the same inning with the bases again loaded. Fewer yet have found the same pitcher still on the mound.
And he did it off a red hot P.
The Rangers were in contract negotiations with Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler at the beginning of the year. Rangers decided to stop talking to Hamilton and sign Kinsler. They figured this might give Hamilton a little more drive to compete and display his wares to the rest of the league - and of course help them succeed during the year.
I don’t think they realized that he was going to go into Beast Mode so early! The way he is swinging the bat right now, it is going to cost the Rangers some MONEY! And they better re-sign him; otherwise, they will regret it with the fans, in the statistics and in the win column!
I hope he does continue to do well but remember, he has a history of self-destructive behavior.
"A Hamilton?" the barkeeper asks. "What's that?"
"Four shots and a double."
On a side note: for a while there, the number of no-hitters and the number of times a player hit for the cycle were equal, or close enough for no matter. One of those odd baseball symmetry things you can only find after inspection.
Or even a perfect game, like the one Philip Humber threw earlier this season. There have been 22 of those in major-league history. There have only been 16 players who have had a 4-HR games.
One of the worst trades in Reds history. Volquez was a head case from the get-go but Griffey and Dunn had their panties in a wad over the special attention Hamilton required.
Imagine a reds outfield of Stubbs in left, Hamilton in center and Bruce in right. What could have been.
I think after the Mavs’ Tyson Chandler debacle the Rangers realize that a ‘bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.’. Is there risk in resigning Hamilton to a 5-6 year deal? Absolutely, but that’s baseball. I never saw the day where the Rangers would be close to dethroning the Cowboys for sports supremacy in DFW, but they are gaining fast. The series against the Angels this weekend Is completely sold out. Hamilton is the heart and soul of this team. He may slip up again, but I believe now it’s worth the risk.
Uh, Buck, next time you might want to consider walking Josh.
That was my question! What skipper would allow his pitcher to pitch to Josh after TWO homers and then a DOUBLE? I wouldn’t care if the bases were loaded! I would rather give up a single run than give up another round-tripper - PERIOD!
When a batter is on like that, you give them a WALK!
Josh also hit a HR in his last at bat the previous game against the Os.
I was surprised Showalter didn’t walk him. When he was managing the Diamondbacks, Buck intentionally walked Barry Bonds WITH THE BASES LOADED.
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