We all know Royals outfielder Billy Hamilton is fast. As a member of the Reds, he stole 277 bases across parts of six seasons and regularly made spectacular catches. Now a Royal, Hamilton continues to show off his speed. On Tuesday against the Mariners, he scored from second base on a sacrifice fly.
Hamilton led off the inning, reaching second base thanks to a fielding error by left fielder Domingo Santana. After Whit Merrifield grounded out, failing to advance Hamilton, Adalberto Mondesi lifted a fly ball to deep center field. Mallex Smith tracked the ball to the warning track and stumbled at the last moment, dropping to a knee as he caught the ball. Smith was slow to get up and Hamilton never stopped running. Third base coach Mike Jirschele waved Hamilton home and it turned out to be the right call as Hamilton slid head-first into home plate just ahead of the relay throw to score the game-tying run, knotting the game up at 2-2.
As expected, Hamilton hasn’t done much with the bat. He entered Tuesday’s action batting .281/.303/.281 in 33 plate appearances. When he does get on base, though, he’s electric.