Billy Hamilton made the most of his first career start in the series finale on Wednesday night against the Astros.
Dusty Baker penciled Hamilton into the nine-hole of the lineup and as starting center fielder to wrap up the series in Houston. Hamilton made the most of his opportunity going 3-4 with two walks at the plate while scoring three runs and driving in one.
Hamilton wasted no time getting his first major league hit. With nobody on and two outs in the second inning, Hamilton laced a 1-0 fastball down the left field line for a double. He then scored on a Shin-Soo Choo RBI single.
The night didn’t stop there for Hamilton as he added two more hits including an RBI infield single in the 6th. The single could have gone for extra bases had the ball not hit the third base bag and popped up in the air.
It was a night of many firsts for Hamilton, including his first multi-stolen base game. For anybody keeping track Hamilton, who now has swiped 9 bags, trails Ricky Henderson by just 1,397 stolen bases for the all-time record. His four steals tonight also moved him into second on the Reds roster in stolen bases on the year, trailing only Choo.
Hamilton became the first player in the live-ball era to record four steals in his first major league start. Even more impressive was the fact that two of them came on pitchouts!
If Hamilton can consistently reach base like he did tonight then the Reds have an absolutely electrifying star in the making.
For a full game recap check out this post.