Billy Hamilton, the speedy outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, put on a clinic on how to avoid a tag last night.
Leading off the home half of the first inning against Pirate pitcher Jeff Locke, Hamilton pushed a bunt to the right side. It was a little harder than he had wanted or anticipated, and Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez was able to field it cleanly on a hop.
The bad news? Sanchez was much closer to the bag than Hamilton was. That’s when Billy had to get creative:
This may be the hardest that Hamilton will have to work for a hit in his entire career!
Hamilton ended up scoring the first run of the game after a Zack Cozart double. Hamilton went on to collect two more hits and an RBI in the Reds’ 6-5 come from behind victory.
Hamilton and the Reds will take on Pittsburgh again today in the second game of a four game series heading into the All Star Break. Mike Leake will take the mound for the Reds opposing Pirate starter Charlie Morton in the 7:15 eastern game in Cincinnati.
What will Hamilton do for an encore? You don’t even see moves like that from elite cars!