Saturday, September 7, 2013

Video: Watch Todd Frazier drive home Billy Hamilton for walk-off victory

Billy Hamilton's legs have guided the Reds to victory yet again.

After Ryan Ludwick led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a single, Dusty Baker called upon the speedy Hamilton to pinch run. And run is exactly what the 22-year-old phenom did.

For the fourth time this week, Hamilton entered a game as a pinch runner and promptly stole second base. He swiped the bag without even drawing a throw on Saturday.

Moments later, Todd Frazier came through in the clutch, ripping a single into right field toward the direction of Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig, who scooped up the ball and fired to home, but Puig's excellent arm was no match for Hamilton's unrivaled wheels. Hamilton crossed the plate safely and propelled the Reds to a thrilling walk-off, 4-3, win.

"My job was to score at all costs," Hamilton said. "Everybody knows that's what I'm here for."

According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau, Hamilton is the first player in major league history to record a stolen base in each of his first four appearances.

Cincinnati will go for the series sweep on Sunday. They will send surging right-hander Homer Bailey to the mound opposite Dodgers ace and Cy Young favorite Clayton Kershaw.

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