Thursday, September 19, 2013

Video: Billy Hamilton steals four bases in first big league start

On Wednesday, Billy Hamilton received his first major league start in center field in the series finale against the Houston Astros. And he proceeded to have one of the best games of his life.

All in all, Hamilton managed to reach base five of the six times he strolled to the plate, three of which came via singles, and two of which came courtesy of walks. As impressive as that may seem, the most impressive part of Hamilton's performance is the fact that he swiped four bases in Cincinnati's 6-5 extra inning win.

The assault on the bases began in the top of the fourth inning when Hamilton stole his first bag of the evening off starting pitcher Brad Peacock. The 23-year-old followed that up with another stolen bag in the sixth, another in the ninth, and yet another in the 13th, which he stole despite the Astros executing a blatant pitch out attempt.

Does this guy have some serious speed or what?

Hamilton, who set a professional record with 155 steals in the minors last year, is the first player since 1920 to have four steals in his first major league start, according to stats provided by the Reds from the Elias Sports Bureau.

He is also the first Red with four steals in a game since Felipe Lopez in May 2006, and finished one steal shy of the team record. The Mississippi ntive is 9 for 9 on stolen base attempts since being promoted from Triple-A earlier this month. He walked twice to become the eighth player in major league history and the first since Jay Bruce in 2008 to reach safely five times in their first career start.

"Four stolen bases and we weren't even close," Houston catcher Carlos Corporan said. "We even pitched out and he steals on the pitcher and the catcher. He's one of a kind."

One of a kind, indeed.

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