Speed demon: Hamilton rockets home on shallow sac fly

Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton, right, scores ahead of the tag from St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina on a sacrifice fly by Jay Bruce during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in St. Louis.

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When Billy Hamilton gets on the bases — watch out.

The Reds 23-year-old center fielder has gotten off to a slow start this season, hitting under .200 and missing time with a jammed finger.

But there was nothing sluggish about his fifth inning during Wednesday’s game vs. the Cardinals.

Hamilton put on a clinic in base-running, stealing second, advancing to third on a Brandon Phillips flyout and then doing this to reach home on a Jay Bruce popup into shallow right field.

GIF: Billy Hamilton tags up and scores on a sac fly that barely escapes the infield:


In 13 games last season, Hamilton had 13 stolen bags. He also holds the minor league single-season stolen base record. In case anyone was unsure, beware Billy on the base pads.