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05/08/2012

Holy stupid - why were the Baltimore Orioles pitching to Josh Hamilton after his 3rd HR?

10987540-largeBaltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is a fine manager, but why in God's name was he bothering to pitch to Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton after his second home run of the night on Tuesday? 

After former TCU pitcher Jake Arrieta allowed Hamilton's second HR of the evening, it was time to just white flag any more ABs for Josh. Not for Buck.

Perhaps he learned his lesson when he issued an intentional walk to Barry Bonds, with the bases loaded.

Hamilton's line: 5-for-5, 4 runs, 8 rbi, 4 HR
His 18 total bases are a new American League record. 

"I've always wanted to hit three in one game," Hamilton told Fox Sports Southwest immediately after the game. 

Hamilton is now batting .406 with 14 HR and 36 RBI. He is on pace to hit 76 HR with 194 RBI; that would be a really, really good year.

Here is Josh's at bat breakdown on Tuesday night:

1st inning
With Elvis Andrus on after a walk, Hamilton homered to center.

3rd inning
With Andrus on after a two-out bunt, Hamilton homered to left.

5th inning
Hamilton doubled to deep right; BOOOORING!

7th inning
With Andrus on after a single, Hamilton homered to center.

8th inning
With Andrus on via a fielder's choice, Hamilton homered to center. 

It was the 16th four HR game in major league history.

A tip of the cap to Josh, and to Buck.

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Comments

Texadillo

I was coaching a 10U All-Star game and the opposing team had a killer kid that was putting everything we threw at him out of the park. The game was close so we started walking him. Which is easy cause you just tell the ump you are going to do that. No pitches.

After the game was out of reach to us the killer came up. There was no sense in walking him. He was looking at me when I told our pitcher to let him hit. Big smile...and two pitches later a home run. His dad came up to me after the game and thanked me. Buck is the same way about baseball even if it's the major leagues.

M. Scott

We now know there have been fewer 4 HR games than perfect games. It seemed to me O'Day's pitch was down the middle, not where he wanted to throw the pitch. If Josh had been walked we would have missed the feat and baseball would have missed the chance for great entertainment. If the games have the excitement we wouldn't need people like you reporting on the feats. The Orioles did exactly what they should have done. You should be applauding them. Go dig a ditch.

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