Has Josh Hamilton found his swing? …
We’ll only know that in hindsight. What we do know is that Josh Hamilton had three singles and a walk in Tuesday’s 14-8 win, and that it was the first time he had three hits and a walk in more than a year, and that it was his first three-hit game since collecting four of them on April 22.
Hamilton, now batting .214, has had three other three-hit games this season, but has never been able to really build off them. He went 3-for-5 on April 7, then 4-for-18 over his next five games. He went 3-for-4 with a homer on April 14, then collected one hit in his next 21 at-bats. And after going 4-for-4 on April 22, he batted .202 over his next 54 games (41-for-203).
Hamilton had missed the previous three games because of a sore right wrist, essentially giving him four days without picking up a bat¬†— the Angels were off on Monday — before singling in each of his first three plate appearances. One went to left-center, one went up the middle, one went to right field.
“It was good for him to find some holes,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Hopefully those hits will give him a little bit of confidence moving forward.”
“I’ve been waiting for that for a while,” Hamilton, who also struck out twice, said of finding those holes. “It can definitely help to jump-start things.”
Hamilton’s right wrist felt “good enough,” he said. Hamilton still feels awkward on his backswing — as evidenced by his bat flying into the stands after his first swing — but it isn’t really affecting his ability to hit.
“I went ahead and tried to wear my brace today during the game today and it seemed to help for the most part.,” Hamilton said.