Baltimore 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:
With Elvis Andrus on after a walk, Hamilton homered to center.
With Andrus on after a two-out bunt, Hamilton homered to left.
Hamilton doubled to deep right; BOOOORING!
With Andrus on after a single, Hamilton homered to center.
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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