WATCH: Cincinnati Reds Billy Hamilton gets first major league hit, steals four bases
Cincinnati Reds minor league base stealing legend Billy Hamilton got his first major league start, a spot CF duty in Houston, and rewarded manager Dusty Baker with his first major league hit. The 22-year-old switch hitter is best known to date for his 155 stolen bases in the minor leagues in 2012 and hopes to utilize his speed to aid this likely post-season bound Reds ball club. It was his legs that led to the Astros undoing overall, with four stolen bases on the night, including one in the 13th the led to the go-ahead run of what turned out to be a 6-5 Reds win in 13 innings. Watch all four steals (courtesy MLB.com):
Hamilton collected three hits on the night and is up to 9 SB in only eight games played. If I were Dusty Baker, I might mix him in a little bit more, if things like scoring runs and winning games were important!
– David Whitlock