Welcome back Billy! Hamilton quickly makes his way around bases in spring debut

BY Connor Kiesel • March 15, 2016


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.


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