Beware of baseball players named Billy, apparently. They're astounding quick. Well, except Billy Butler.
Billy Hamilton, the Cincinnati Reds speedster, has wowed us before, but what he did Wednesday is a different kind of awesome. We've seen Hamilton swipe bases plenty of times, but in the Reds' 4-0 win against the St. Louis Cardinals, Hamilton essentially stole a run.
He tagged up on a very shallow fly ball to right field, so shallow it looked like the second baseman might get it. No way any player not named Billy Hamilton tries to score on that. He did, and he succeeded. It was part of a big day for Hamilton, who had three hits, two runs and two stolen bases.
Meanwhile, down on the farm, another speedy Billy did some impressive tagging up too. Billy Burns, who plays for the Double-A Midland RockHounds, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, scored from second base on a deep sac fly. Sure, a good catch stopped that from being a double to the gap, but remember it's not like Burns was running on contact. It's impressive ... and a gutsy call.
OK, Billy Butler, now it's your turn.
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