Ron Washington confident in Josh Hamilton
Hamilton, representing the tying run, whiffed on Los Angeles Angels closer Ernesto Frieri's tailing 96-mph fastball to end the game. It was his third consecutive strikeout, capping an 0-for-5 effort that dropped his batting average to a season-low .293. He is hitting .180 for the month of July and is 5-for-35 (.143) since the All-Star break.
Hamilton stranded 11 runners during the weekend set against the Angels and has only one extra-base hit over the last nine games.
Still, with the game on the line and capacity crowd on its feet, Washington wanted his No. 3 hitter in the box.
"He was locked in but, you know, he got beat," Washington said. "It happens."
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