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Josh Hamilton hits walkoff homer as Rangers top A’s 7-6

Jul 9, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

Josh Hamilton Reuters

Playing with a heavy heart hasn’t slowed Josh Hamilton.

The 2010 AL MVP delivered a two-run homer off Andrew Bailey in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 7-6 win over the A’s on Saturday.

It was the first homer allowed by Bailey in 15 innings this season, and it traveled 435 feet into the second deck of seats in right field.

Hamilton finished the game 4-for-5 with three RBI.  Two of his other three hits were doubles.  The walkoff homer was the second of his career.  The other came off the Angels’ Francisco Rodriguez on the same date three years ago.

The Rangers have won six games in a row, and tonight was their 50th of the season.  They’re the third AL team to reach that plateau, joining the Red Sox and the Yankees, and they lead the Angels by one game in the AL West.

  1. jwbiii - Jul 10, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    I bet he only bruised a fan’s hand with that.

    (I’ve already given myself a demerit)

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 10, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    That ball was a rocket. You could almost sense it, the way Hamilton looked at the plate against Bailey. Bailey, knowing Hamilton is an aggressive hitter, threw two sliders at his ankles, but Hamilton took both. Then the 2-0 cutter didn’t cut and Hamilton destroyed it, at least 5 rows into the upper deck on a line.

    Thing is, Hamilton should never have come to the plate. Conor Jackson, at first because the A’s traded Brett Wallace and now somebody has to play there (and because their other options are even worse defensively), ranged too far to his right on a ground ball by Andrus, immediately preceeding Hamilton in the lineup. Weeks came up with the ball easily, but by then Jackson could not get back to the bag and the speedy Andrus was safe, both players unhurt in the ensuing collision. So instead of out number three, Bailey faced Hamilton as the winning run.

  3. whiskyriver27 - Jul 10, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    Way to go……you didn’t hurt or kill anyone tonight.
    Thats one in a row…..let’s keep the streak going

    • nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:46 AM

      I hope when you reread your own comment you realized how unfunny it was.

    • florida727 - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:18 AM

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      • yankeesgameday - Jul 10, 2011 at 12:20 PM

        I hope when Craig reads the comment he bans him.

  4. thekingdave - Jul 10, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Will a record be broken for most banned readers in a weekend?

    • clydeserra - Jul 10, 2011 at 3:26 AM

      i kinda hope so

    • wrg885 - Jul 10, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      No, because NBC and %99.9 of the world’s online content is all about traffic. Traffic=More people=businesses ads are seen=The almighty $$ and/or attention because it’s what most people crave/desire so NBC/CBS/FOX/, etc. will continue to turn the other cheek to allow the immoral garbage that draws any attention to that allows them to promote/advertise whatever it is that makes money. [Yes, I know this is a hypocritical post]

      • yankeesgameday - Jul 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM

        Nope. Not at this site. Craig can ban whomever he wants and has recently done so. He accompanied the ban with a long post on the subject and the modicum of decency expected around here. hardball talk is not the yahoo news comment section so don’t expect the dregs of society to last around here very long.

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