Hamilton made a good showing in Frisco

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015

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By Lance Ragland and Hunter Kirk
The Frisco RoughRiders welcomed newly acquired Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton to Dr Pepper Ballpark during a stretch of games from May 16 through May 20. The former American League Most Valuable Player was rehabbing with the club while recovering from an off-season shoulder surgery to repair the AC joint.
The slugging outfielder made the most of his time with the Ranger’s AA-affiliate.   During his tenure with the club, Hamilton went 9-for-16 (.562) with two doubles and a home run into the Kroger Pool Zone in his last plate appearance with the Riders.    Hamilton posted four runs batted in during his four games in Frisco.
With Hamilton’s help, the RoughRiders ended a 12-game losing skid and the team went 2-2 with him in the lineup. Hamilton started two games in centerfield and two as the designated hitter.
Hamilton was a fan favorite at the ballpark during his appearances. Fans were found in long lines waiting for his autograph before and after games. Dr Pepper Ballpark echoed with cheers as public address announcer John Clemens announced him coming to the plate.
The RoughRiders averaged over 8,600 fans during Hamilton’s starts with the club, including the franchises fifth-highest attended game in team history with 11,632 enthusiastic fans in attendance.
On May 16, Hamilton started his first game for Frisco against the Corpus Christi Hooks in centerfield. Hamilton reached base all five times including four singles. Hamilton scored four runs throughout the game and recorded an RBI as the Hooks bested the Riders 15-14 in extra innings.
Hamilton acted as the designated hitter the following night against the Hooks. He went 1-for-4 with a double as the Riders fell 5-2 in the contest.
After a scheduled day off, Hamilton was reinserted to the lineup on May 19 playing centerfield against the Midland RockHounds. Hamilton was a perfect three for three with a walk adding three runs for Frisco. Hamilton helped the Riders end their 12-game losing streak by defeating the Hounds 15-7.
In Hamilton’s last appearance in Frisco he went 1-for-4 at the plate but in his final at bat with the team, he crushed a two-run home run over the right field fence as the Riders took care of Midland 8-1. The 10,989 in attendance watched Hamilton put on a show on a beautiful afternoon at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Hamilton’s rehab also included time with the Rangers’ Triple-A club in Round Rock. In eight games for the Express, Hamilton went 7-for-28 (.250) posting two RBIs and three doubles with the club.
Hamilton spent six seasons with the Rangers before bolting to Los Angeles after the 2012 season. He is 20 games shy of 1,000 for his career, and owns a .291 batting average with 192 home runs.
The Rangers brought back the former five-time All-Star outfielder in trade with the Los Angeles Angels on April 27, 2015. The Texas Rangers added him to the active roster on May 25, and Hamilton played his first major league game of the season the same day against the Cleveland Indians.

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