To say Josh Hamilton is on a bit of a tear right now would be quite the understatement. The Texas Rangers left fielder became only the 16th player in Major League Baseball history to hit four home runs in a game with his quartet of two-run shots during a 9-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
Hamilton also had a fifth-inning double, giving him an American League-record 18 total bases in one game, just one shy of the major league record set by the Dodgers’ Shawn Green on May 23, 2002.
While we’re at it, we might as well throw in Hamilton’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Rangers’ 14-3 victory over the Orioles on Monday. So to recap, that makes Hamilton a perfect six for six in his last six at bats, with five home runs and a double.
Anybody else feel like they were watching a rerun of the 2008 home run derby, when Hamilton blasted 28 over the fence in the first round?
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones probably does. Four out of Hamilton’s five home runs in the last two games have gone in Jones’ direction. Jones thought he had a chance at pulling in Hamilton’s first-inning shot Tuesday. Instead, he and the ball bounced off the wall in opposite directions.
Jones leapt at Hamilton’s seventh-inning blast even though he had no chance at catching it. By the time Hamilton scorched another one in his direction in the eighth inning -- his league-leading 14th of the season -- Jones merely watched it sail over the wall like the rest of us.
If you haven’t already, take a minute to view the highlights of Hamilton’s four home runs. It will probably be quite a while before we see another night like this again.