Thursday, August 16, 2012
Josh Hamilton belts two home runs
By Ian Begley / ESPNNY.com
NEW YORK -- Josh Hamilton put on a show during the MLB Home Run Derby at the old Yankee Stadium in 2008, tattooing balls over the park.
Wednesday night kind of felt like a replay.
Hamilton hit two home runs to right field at the new Yankee Stadium in the Rangers' 3-2 loss in the Bronx.
One was a laser into the first deck that snapped the Rangers' 19-inning scoreless streak. The second was a monster shot, traveling an estimated 447 feet into the second deck in right field.
Hamilton was the lone bright spot for a Rangers offense that has managed just four runs over the last three games against the Yankees.
Hamilton has 34 homers on the season, which is a career high. His previous high was 32 in 2008 and 2010. He also has 101 RBIs.
Hamilton has homered five times in the last seven games and took some positives from his approach at the plate Wednesday.
But he chided himself for striking out to lead off the ninth.
"The last at-bat, I felt good. But I got a little too big as the at-bat went on. So, [there are] things to still improve on," Hamilton said. "I felt better, but I still have to improve on things."
Over the last three games, Yankee starters have limited the Rangers to four runs on 12 hits in 20 2/3 innings.
On the season, New York pitchers have held Texas to a .199 batting average (37-for-186).
That may not bode well for the Rangers come October. But Hamilton isn't too concerned.
"It's going to be fun," he said. "We'll pick it up here soon."
Kinsler loses cool: Ian Kinsler was ejected for the third time this season Wednesday night. Kinsler was tossed for arguing a called third strike by plate umpire Vic Carapazza. Manager Ron Washington came out to argue alongside Kinsler.
"He didn't think the pitch was a strike," Washington said. "So he let the umpire know about it. When you're in the heat of the battle, sometimes that's what happens."