Few players in the game can run like Billy Hamilton, and the Reds' center fielder provided the latest example on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.Hamilton's two-out RBI triple in the top of the seventh inning not only helped Cincinnati to a 4-1 victory, but it also put him in the
Few players in the game can run like Billy Hamilton, and the Reds' center fielder provided the latest example on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.
Hamilton's two-out RBI triple in the top of the seventh inning not only helped Cincinnati to a 4-1 victory, but it also put him in the MLB lead for the fastest three-bagger of 2018. On a line drive that rolled to the right-field corner, Hamilton flew from home to third in just 10.83 seconds, according to Statcast™. That edged out the 10.86 second triple that Seattle's Dee Gordon logged on April 26. Hamilton also ranks third on the list, having recorded a 10.89 second time on April 27.
Since Statcast™ began tracking in 2015, Hamilton is responsible for the fastest run from home to third -- a 10.45-second dash on Aug. 13, 2016, at Milwaukee. In fact, he owns six of the 11 best times, all of 10.70 seconds or less.
Here is a look at some other notable Statcast™ feats from Thursday:
Zack Greinke, D-backs
In other baserunning exploits, Greinke stole the sixth base of his career when he swiped second following his RBI single off Washington's Tanner Roark in the fifth inning. Greinke's Sprint Speed of 25.7 feet per second was hardly blazing -- the MLB average is about 27 feet per second -- but he got out to a 28.8-foot secondary lead, which is roughly seven feet bigger than the MLB average on successful steals of second. That allowed Greinke to narrowly beat an 82.8 mph throw from Nationals catcher Pedro Severino, whose solid 1.88 second pop time was to no avail.
Shohei Ohtani, Angels
The Halos' two-way star once again showed off both the pop in his bat and the speed of his wheels in a single play -- and that was before he clubbed a 108.7 mph, 414-foot home run in the seventh inning. Back in the third, Ohtani ripped a 111.4 mph line drive to right-center field off a Jose Berrios changeup and flashed a Sprint Speed of 28.9 feet per second (above his season average of 28.1) while charging from home to second in 8.07 seconds. The result was an RBI double. It was the fourth hit of at least 110 mph this season for Ohtani, as well as the fastest double of the season for the Angels.
J.D. Martinez, Red Sox
Martinez took advantage of the Yankee Stadium dimensions to lift a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning of a 5-4 victory. With a 100 mph exit velocity and 38 degree launch angle, Martinez's high fly ball to right field had just a 28 percent hit probability, but it snuck over the glove of a leaping Aaron Judge and into the short-porch seats. The 38 degree launch angle was the second highest on a Red Sox home run this year, behind Martinez's own 39-degree moonshot on May 4. The 97.4 mph pitch velocity from Dellin Betances tied for the fastest on a Sox homer (Mookie Betts vs. Ohtani on April 17). Meanwhile, Martinez now has 45 opposite-field homers since the beginning of 2017, which is 11 more than the closest hitter (Joey Votto) during that span.
Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSimonMLB.