Tuesday, November 2, 2010

San Francisco pitchers tattoo Hamilton during World Series

Raleigh native Josh Hamilton may be the most valuable player of the American League this year but he was easily handled by San Francisco pitchers as the Giants beat the Texas Rangers four games to one in the World Series.

The Dallas News named Hamilton and teammate Vlad Guerrero as "goats of the game" for Game 5 and perhaps even the series.

Newspaper contributor Ryan Jones wrote, "As great as (Tim) Lincecum was, it's hard to ignore the gaping hole that was the heart of the Rangers' order this series. From the third and fourth spots in the lineup, Hamilton and Guerrero combined to go 0-8 with three strikeouts in Game 5. Their series slash lines were even uglier: .100/.143/.250 for Hamilton, and .071/.125/.071 for Guerrero."

Hamilton got only two hits in 20 attempts and he struck out in the final inning of the World Series. Hamilton also has the close-up memory now of the Giants' Edgar Renteria popping a three-run homer just over his head in the 3-1 series clincher.

During the regular season, Hamilton batted .359 while stroking 32 homers and 100 RBI.

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