Stat Line Of The Night – 5/8/12 – Josh Hamilton
The Texas Rangers have started the season strong, becoming the first team to reach twenty wins, and a lot of that success is due to their incredible lineup. Josh Hamilton has been one of the Rangers’ most powerful offensive weapons and last night he continued to show why he is among the most feared hitters in all of Major League Baseball.
Hamilton entered the game yesterday in Baltimore with a .376 batting average and 10 home runs. Since Carlos Delgado on September 25, 2003, no player has hit four home runs in one game. Last night, however, Josh Hamilton did just that, hitting four two-run home runs, each of them driving in teammate Elvis Andrus. Hamilton’s effort led the Rangers to another night of scoring double digits against the Orioles, as the final score was 10-3. He finished the game 5-5 with 8 RBIs, and his 18 total bases set an American League record.
With his historic night, Hamilton’s batting average is now all the way up to a lofty .406, and he overtakes Matt Kemp as the leader for home runs in the MLB with 14. Josh Hamilton’s record-setting performance in Baltimore will certainly help his bid for another season worthy of MVP honours, and it also earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, May 8, 2012.