The Texas Rangers dropped the opener of a three-game set with the rival Los Angeles Angels on Monday night by a score of 15-8, but, if we’re looking on the bright side, Josh Hamilton may have just provided that bright side.
Hamilton went 3-for-4 for Monday--his first three-hit game since May 11, the week in which he hit four home runs in a game against the Orioles and was rewarded with American League Player of the Week honors.
The former AL MVP finished the month of May on a hot streak before hitting a wall in June, and has been struggling ever since. In fact, Hamilton’s last multi-hit game (read: two-hit game) came all the way back on July 4.
But on Monday night, Hamilton provided a solo home run, a double, a single and two runs scored, a performance that the slugger hopes to build upon as we move from July to August.
“I saw the stat come up on the screen that it was the first time since May 11,” Hamilton said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I can’t remember the last time it happened. It’s good for the confidence. I’m just getting in a good position. I felt good about taking pitches and reacting to pitches. I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do instead of doing something that doesn’t need to be done. It’s a starting point.”