Quite a game for Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton Tuesday night.
Hamilton went 5-for-5 with FOUR two-run homers, a double and eight RBI in the Rangers' 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. His 18 total bases are a new American League record.
Believe it or not, four-homer games are even more rare than perfect games. There have been 21 perfect games, but only 16 four-homer games. Here is the list:
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers -- May 8, 2012
Carlos Delgado, Toronto Blue Jays -- Sept. 25, 2003
Shawn Green, Los Angeles Dodgers -- May 23, 2002
Mike Cameron, Seattle Mariners -- May 2, 2002
Mark Whiten, St. Louis Cardinals -- Sept. 7, 1993
Bob Horner, Atlanta Braves -- July 6, 1986
Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies -- April 17, 1976
Willie Mays, San Francisco GIants -- April 30, 1961
Rocky Colavito, Cleveland Indians -- June 10, 1959
Joe Adcock, Milwaukee Braves -- July 31, 1954
Gil Hodges, Brooklyn Dodgers -- August 31, 1950
Pat Seerey, Chicago White Sox -- July 18, 1948
Chuck Klein, Philadelphia Phillies -- July 10, 1936
Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees -- June 3, 1932
Ed Delahanty, Philadelphia Phillies -- July 13, 1896
Bobby Lowe, Boston Beaneaters -- May 30, 1894
When you see Hamilton have a performance like this, you can't help but wonder what kind of career numbers he would have if he hadn't been detoured by drug problems earlier in his life. The guy has sick talent.
The beat-up Bulls mustered enough resolve to keep their season alive with a 77-69 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center. Chicago now trails the best-of-seven series 3-2 with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday night in Philadelphia.
At long last, we had a Luol Deng sighting. The forward scored a grand total of 24 points in Games 2, 3 and 4 COMBINED. On Tuesday, he poured in 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Carlos Boozer added 19 points. It's clear the Bulls are going to need that kind of scoring from those two guys if they have any chance of forcing a Game 7 in this series.
Key contributions were also made by reserves Taj Gibson (8 points, 7 rebounds) and Ronnie Brewer (6 points, 8 rebounds). Of course, no Bulls game would be complete without a key injury, and Gibson left the game in the third quarter after turning an ankle. He returned in the fourth quarter and appeared hobbled, but he did finish the game.
Is it possible Addison Reed should have been the Sox closer all along? The rookie right-hander worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th inning to preserve the Sox win in Cleveland Tuesday night. He pounded the zone, throwing 12 of his 16 pitches for strikes, and struck out both Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis Hafner to earn his second save.
Neither Hector Santiago nor Matt Thornton have the stuff to finish games. Reed does -- a 97 mph heater and a nasty slider. If I were managing the Sox (and fortunately I am not), Reed would be my guy in then ninth inning.
Braves 3, Cubs 1
We might be witnessing the beginning of the end for Kerry Wood. His ERA swelled to 14.54 after he surrendered two runs in the eighth inning and blew the game for Cubs Tuesday night.
Manager Dale Sveum has a thin bullpen, not a lot of options to use in high-leverage situations. But Wood really isn't anything more than a team mascot right now. He probably should be released, but won't be because of his status as a franchise icon. He certainly does not need to be pitching with the game on the line.