What a week for Texas Ranger fans. A historic week. Besides the obvious amazing feats by Josh Hamilton, there were two other feats that deserve recognition.
Chris Davis, 1B
Davis is now a Baltimore Oriole, but he was a Ranger last season before he was traded. Last Sunday, May 6th, Davis went 0-8 with 5 strikeouts against the Boston Red Sox. The game lasted 17 innings, and by the 16th inning, both the Red Sox and Orioles ran out of pitchers. Thus, Davis was called upon to pitch. He got the win, pitching two scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts. Why is this historic? Well, Davis is the eighth player, but first non-pitcher, since 1918 to get a win for a game in which he struck out five times at the plate.
Colby Lewis, P
On Thursday May 10th against the Orioles, Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis gave up 5 hits, all home runs, while striking out 12 batters. That made him the first pitcher since 1918 to give up five home runs and have at least 10 strikeouts in the same game.
Josh Hamilton, CF
Now for the big one. On Tuesday May 8th against the Orioles, Hamilton launched 4 two-run home runs. With this incredible feat, Hamilton became the 16th player to hit four home runs in a game. Carlos Delgado was the last to do it in 2003 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He also went 5-5, with the fifth hit being a double.
That’s not all though. Hamilton had hit a home run the night before. He then went to hit one on the 10th, two on the 11th, and one on the 12th, giving him 9 home runs in 6 games. Hamilton was still using the bat that he hit those 4 home runs with until he broke it in tonight’s game. It’s now being sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, where it belongs.