In the very first inning, he was gift-wrapped a first and third situation that could have put himself and the Texas Rangers back on track to another extended postseason run.
That crucial at-bat didn't last long, though, because after just one pitch the bases were clear. No, not because Hamilton had cracked a three-run homer off Joe Saunders, but rather the all-star outfielder had rolled into another feeble 4-6-3 double play that killed a rally.
That was just the beginning of a night that could not have gone any worse or been less productive for Hamilton or his Rangers, whose season ended with a disappointing 5-1 loss to the Orioles.
That's by no means an exaggeration, either. One pitch, two outs his first time up. His second at-bat was a three-pitch strikeout. The third was a one-pitch ground out to the pitcher. He then finished the evening — and likely his Rangers' tenure — with another three-pitch strikeout representing the tying run in the eighth. That one drew the loudest boos of the entire game from a very ornery 46,931 at the Ballpark in Arlington.Read More »from Josh Hamilton’s season ends on lowest of lows