Hamilton reached base in all four of his trips to the plate, going 2 for 2 with his first two-walk game of the season. He scored twice and drove in two runs, while adding a stolen base, his 51st of the season.
The only hole in Hamilton's game as a rookie has been his on-base percentage, which he just pushed back over .300 with Thursday's effort. He is hitting .267/.302/.385, while ranking second in the majors in steals.
Hamilton got the Reds on the scoreboard for the first time in the sixth inning, with a solo home run. He finished the game 2 for 4 overall with one run scored and one driven in.
Hamilton has six home runs in 94 games, and is hitting .281/.314/.424 in 349 at-bats.
Hamilton was billed as an elite stolen-base threat after swiping 103 bases in 2011 and a massive 155 bags in 2012, but he was also caught 57 times during those two seasons. The inefficiency has carried over into his major-league career, as Hamilton has been caught six more times than the second-most nabbed runner. For comparison, steals leader Dee Gordon has been successful in 43 of his 52 attempts, while AL stalwart Jose Altuve has been caught just three times in his 44 attempts.
Despite missing a little bit of time due to a hamstring injury,
Though, Hamilton's hot streak has extended several weeks. Since May 31, he's batting .323 with a .509 slugging percentage, .861 OPS, three triples, four home runs, 13 doubles, 27 runs, 28 RBI and 19 stolen bases. His batting average has increased from .247 to .285 over his last 41 games.
Hamilton could not be stopped early on. He singled in his first three at-bats. While he made an out his fourth time up, Hamilton did notch an RBI on the groundout. He finished 3 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI.
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