Billy Hamilton Saves Runs with Diving Catch, Throws to 1st for Double Play

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 20: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds catches a fly ball against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 20, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton made the switch from shortstop to center field just last season, and thanks to his blazing speed and strong arm, it has been a smooth transition.

Hamilton has made a pretty strong case for a Gold Glove this season. When you see the play that the rookie made in the first inning Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, you will be a believer.

With runners on first and second and just one out, St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams hit a ball to deep right-center field. It wasn't clear as to whether Hamilton or Reds right fielder Jay Bruce would be able to catch the ball, but the speedster made a nice diving catch to keep the Cardinals off the board. Not only that, but Hamilton's quick throw back to first base was on the money and doubled off Jon Jay.

Given how mightily the Reds are struggling right now, it was a big play by Hamilton to keep the game scoreless.

St. Louis ended up winning the game, 7-3.