After further review, Josh Hamilton homers
ARLINGTON, Texas – After Josh Hamilton caught a fly ball to end the top of the fourth inning, he made a beeline for the Rangers’ video room.
That’s a rarity for Hamilton during games, but he wanted to figure out what went wrong in his first two at-bats. He felt like he was seeing the ball well, but he popped up to third and hit a weak grounder to second.
Hamilton stayed square his next at-bat. The ball landed over the Rangers’ bullpen, 426 feet away, tying a record for left-handed hitters with his fourth homer against lefties this postseason.
A simple adjustment paid major dividends for Hamilton, who has 1-for-10 in the World Series before his home run off Giants lefty starter Jonathan Sanchez. Hamilton said it was simply a matter of keeping his front foot square, which allows him to keep his swing level instead of the uppercut action he had in his first couple of at-bats.
“Most of the time, when that’s not happening, it’s with a lefty,” said Hamilton, who will keep his adjustment in mind against southpaw Madison Bumgarner in Game 4. “It’s kind of bailing out a little bit. That just needs to get down square, just like it would with a righty. I saw it after my first at-bat. I kind of leaked a little bit with my backside. Basically, I just have to nut up.”
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