Josh Hamilton Leads Texas Rangers with Legendary 4-Home Run Performance

Ethan ArnoldCorrespondent IMay 9, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 8:  Josh Hamilton #10 of the Texas Rangers hits a two-run home run in the third inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 8, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Josh Hamilton entered Tuesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles trailing MLB long-ball leader Matt Kemp by two home runs. By the end of the night, it was Kemp who trailed Hamilton for the league lead in home runs, not by one, but two.

Hamilton put on a show for the Baltimore crowd, going 5-for-5, blasting four home runs and collecting eight RBI.

In his final at-bat, Hamilton stood in the batters box against Baltimore Oriole pitcher Darren O'Day with an 0-2 count. Normally, a pitcher has control of the at-bat in this scenario.

Not tonight.

Hamilton sent the next pitch over the center field wall to cap off a four-home run performance. Only 12 players have ever accomplished the incredible feat in Major League Baseball's long and majestic history.

Carlos Delgado was the last player to hit four home runs in a game back on Sept. 25, 2003. In the season prior, Shawn Green and Mike Cameron each produced a four-home run game, marking the only time in MLB history that two players hit four home runs in a game in the same season. 

If Hamilton were to keep up his current pace he would finish the season with a .406 average, 84 home runs and 215 RBI. Obviously, those are unrealistic numbers, but the stat line Hamilton has put together so far is astonishing.

Hamilton is the first player in nine years to hit four home runs in a single game, and if he is able to stay healthy, he may just become the first player in 45 years to win the MLB Triple Crown.