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Billy Hamilton had the Mets totally psyched out

Sep 23, 2013, 10:17 PM EST

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Reds manager Dusty Baker declined to start Billy Hamilton again Monday after his three-hit day Sunday, instead reserving him for pinch-running duties. When he did go to him in the eighth, it produced a memorable sequence.

Hamilton pinch-ran for Ryan Hanigan with two outs and none on in a tie game in the bottom of the eighth versus the Mets. Being that there were two outs, Hamilton wasted absolutely no time in trying to take second. He didn’t fool the Mets, either. Or not some of them, anyway. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud called for the pitchout on the first pitch with Frank Francisco on the mound. Francisco, apparently having his signals crossed, threw a fastball right down main street as Hamilton was taking off. D’Arnaud couldn’t snare it and Chris Heisey let the pitch go, so it ended up hitting umpire Tony Randazzo right in the chest.

That was fortunate, because Hamilton probably would have ended up on third had the ball missed the ump or deflected off to the side. As is, he was left stranded on second after Heisey struck out. Fortunately for the Mets, that marked the end of his night in the tie game.

  1. flamethrower101 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    And of course Francisco looks bad here because D’Arnaud is a building block of the future and Francisco is…well, himself.

  2. thomas844 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Billy is the kind of guy who will get to second base on a routine ground ball because the infielder rushed the throw to first base.

    • randomfan999 - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      He scored a run the other night from second base, on an infield single.

  3. Stiller43 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Sounds hilarious

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Yes it does.

  4. pinkfloydprism - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    threw* a fastball.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Whoops! Fixed.

      • pinkfloydprism - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        Just looking out for you :)

      • crackersnap - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:08 AM

        Now it’s REALLY messed up. Now it says “Francisco…threw a fastball…”.

        We all know THAT will never happen.

  5. chill1184 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Time for another extra inning(s) game

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Make it stop. I need a break from the Mets.

  6. dondada10 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Anybody know what happens if the Cards, Reds, and Pirates are tied after 162? Who goes where and for how many games?

    • misterj167 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      They settle in in the Thunderdome!

    • misterj167 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      They settle it in the Thunderdome!

    • tendigitpoet - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      There won’t be a three-way tie between those teams because the Pirates and Reds have five games left with the final three games against each other, so one of those will finish with the higher record.

      • salvomania - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        not necessarily:
        if Pit goes 2-0 vs Cubs, they’re 92-67 heading into final weekend
        if Cin goes 1-1 vs. Mets, they’re 91-68 heading into final weekend

        If Cin then takes two of three form Pit then they tie at 93-69.

        And if the Nats take the next two from Stl, and then the Cardinals lose 2 out of 3 to the Cubs, all three teams will be 93-69.

    • redsarmyfan - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      Well it depend on which team won the season series against each other. The way it stands now, the Cardinals would win the division, the Reds would be in second place and the first wild card with the Pirates finishing 3rd and the second Wild Card. So the Reds and Pirates play the Wild Card game in Cincinnati and the Cardinals would be in the NLDS. Depending on who has the best record in the League at the end would play the winner of that Wild card game and the other two division winners play each other in the NLDS. The best record is up for grabs right now, the Braves, Cards, and Dodgers are within like a game, game and a half for the top spot right now. So conceivably the three teams in the Central could tie for the division and all three tie for the best record in the NL, but the Reds and Pirates would be the Wild Card teams because they didn’t win the division. Crazy right!!!

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        RAF: Thumbs up for the post as you did a wonderful job describing how truly competitive the NL Central race is. Has been all year in fact. Here’s too hoping the Cardinals finish 1st and get the NLDS nod. I know…I just (most likely) wished for a match up with the Dodgers. It might sound crazy to wish for such a thing…but I think they are the two best teams in the NL. Even with the pitching issues the Birds on the Bat have right now.
        But…they have to win the NL Central 1st. And I think it’s going down to the last game of the regular season.

  7. earpaniac - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I remember Ricky Henders

  8. earpaniac - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Oops Ricky Henderson used to drive teams nuts like this constantly.

  9. motorcitydiddy - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Why hasn’t this guy been winning games this way all year? Like an offensive version of a closer when you need a late inning run.

    • notsofast10 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Hamilton gets the run and Chapman slams the door with fuel! Pretty good 1-2 punch!

    • jm91rs - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      This is my hope for the post season. I hope he’s not a starter because coming off the bench in a crucial situation he could be a huge help.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        I don’t see how he can be a starter JM. Unless Choo gets a day of.
        Dusty is using him just like he should be.
        Dude is a weapon. Makes people get all herky jerky.

  10. cohnjusack - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    By my count, he has now been on base 17 times.
    …and has 13 stolen bases.

    He’s damn fun to watch.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      You nailed it Cusack. And it pangs me to say this…but Dusty has used him perfectly.
      Now…I suddenly feel very dirty. Shower time!.

  11. jag8r904 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    How do you pinch run with two out and none on? Doesn’t at least one have to be on to qualify as a pinch runner?

    • notsofast10 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      That was my thought exactly? Maybe he stole first? Who knows?

    • redsarmyfan - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      Ryan Hanigan got a single with two out, Hamilton pinch ran and stole second on that “pitch out”.

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