In his first game in the lineup this spring, Billy Hamilton did exactly what Cincinnati Reds fans have come to expect.
The Reds speed demon got on base with a bunt infield single off of Kansas City Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy, then three batters later notched his first run scored.
How’d he do it?
An quick-thinking tag-up from first on a Zack Cozart flyout to right moved Hamilton to second, followed by a passed ball that allowed him to scoot to third. Cue up an Adam Duvall single and Hamilton was around to put the Reds on the board.
Hamilton’s on-base percentage was down in 2015 before he was sidelined for the season with a shoulder injury. Getting that number back up is key for the fearsome fast threat who’s stolen 113 bases in the past two seasons.