Tagged: Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton smacks 4 home runs

Texas slugger Josh Hamilton launched 4 balls over the fence in a 10-3 win over Baltimore Tuesday night.

Tuesday evening versus the Orioles, Josh Hamilton, the All-Star center fielder of the Texas Rangers, went 5-for-5 with 4 HR, 2B, a career high 8 RBI, and 18 total bases, a new American League record. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was on base for each of Hamilton’s homers, making them all 2-run shots. He also notched a double just for good measure. Hamilton became the 16th player in history to hit 4 homers in a game and the first since Carlos Delgado in 2003. The 2010 AL MVP pushed his average to .406 on the season and is the new AL leader in home runs (14) and RBI (36). His 18 total bags fell one shy of Shawn Green’s MLB record.

Finally, I have to bring one of the most ridiculous stats I’ve ever seen to your attention. Hamilton actually hit a 2-run homer in his last at-bat Monday night… giving him 5 2-run home runs in a span of 6 at-bats!

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Major League Power Rankings (June 5)

1. Philadelphia Phillies (35-24; 1st NL East)

No reason for the Phillies to move out of the top spot. Their pitching continues to be rock solid while the return of Chase Utley has sparked their once dormant offense.

2. Texas Rangers (34-26; 1st AL West)

Texas is a major league best 8-2 over their last 10 games. The return of Hamilton and Cruz have ignited the Ranger bats; and Elvis Andrus continues show why he’s one of the best young shortstops in the game.

3. Milwaukee Brewers (33-26; 2nd NL Central)

The Brewers are 19-6 since May 9th, the best record in all of baseball. Three straight 1-run victories on the road versus Florida seem to have dismissed any worries of Milwaukee’s road woes.

4.  St. Louis Cardinals (36-25; 1st NL Central)

Albert Pujols seems to be back on track, hitting back-to-back walk-off homers to sink the Cubs. A weekend series at Miller Park should help clear the fuzzy picture atop the NL Central.

5. New York Yankees (33-24; 1st AL East)

The Yanks have regained sole possession of 1st place in baseball’s toughest division thanks to wins in 8 of their last 11 games. Next up is a home series with the Red Sox, who trail New York by 1 game in the standings.

6. Boston Red Sox (33-26; 2nd AL East)

Adrian Gonzalez is hitting a blistering .339 to go along with 12 home runs and a major league leading 50 runs batted in.

7. Arizona Diamondbacks (33-27; 2nd NL West)

The D-backs continue to show pop in their lineup to go along with their surprising starting pitching.

8. Cleveland Indians (33-24; 1st AL Central)

The Tribe has cooled off a bit since their torrid start, but there’s no reason to believe that their 33 wins are an aberration.

9. San Francisco Giants (33-26; 1st NL West)

The defending World Champs may have lost their star catcher to injury, but their pitching is too solid for them to disappear just yet.

10. Florida Marlins (31-26; 2nd NL East)

Four straight loses have stymied the Fish, who have now dropped to 14-15 at Sun Life Stadium.

If the season ended today:

AL MVP: Adrian Gonzalez – 1B – BOS

NL MVP: Ryan Braun – LF – MIL

AL Cy Young: Alexi Ogando – SP – TEX

NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay – SP – PHI

Major League Power Rankings (May 29)

1. Philadelphia Phillies (33-20; 1st NL East)

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels have combined to go 17-9 with a 2.93 ERA, 250 strikeouts and only 44 walks.

2. Cleveland Indians (31-19; 1st AL Central)

Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .452 (19/42) with runners in scoring position this season.

3. Boston Red Sox (30-23; 1st AL East)

Adrian Gonzalez (45) and Kevin Youkilis (34) trail only Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder (42) and Ryan Braun (38) for the duo with the most RBI.

4. Florida Marlins (30-21; 2nd NL East)

Leo Nunez leads all of baseball with 18 saves in 19 chances.

5. St. Louis Cardinals (32-22; 1st NL Central)

Lance Berkman (.354 AVG/.473 OBP) and Matt Holliday (.347/.440) are making up for Albert Pujols’ slow start (.257/.326).

6. Milwaukee Brewers (29-24; 2nd NL Central)

Ryan Braun ranks top 10 in the majors in runs (40), hits (62), triples (3), homers (12), RBI (38), total bases (114), walks (31) and steals (13).

7. Arizona Diamondbacks (29-24; 1st NL West)

Superb pitching has led Arizona to a MLB best 9-1 in their last 10 games.

8. New York Yankees (28-23; 2nd AL East)

Derek Jeter is only 20 hits away from becoming the first New York Yankee to reach 3,000.

9. Texas Rangers (28-25; 1st AL West)

Josh Hamilton has driven in a run in 4 of 6 games since coming off the disabled list May 23.

10. Tampa Bay Rays (28-24; 3rd AL East)

Jeremy Hellickson, 6-3 with a 2.80 ERA, looks to be the early favorite for AL Rookie of the Year.

 

If the season ended today:

AL MVP: Jose Bautista – RF – TOR

NL MVP: Ryan Braun – LF – MIL

AL Cy Young: Trevor Cahill – SP – OAK

NL Cy Young: Jair Jurrjens – SP – ATL