The drama created by Billy Hamilon's speed was on display in the Reds' 10-inning loss to the Milwuakee Brewers on Saturday.
Hamilton walked in the first inning, stole second and took off for third. Brewer's catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw to third but Hernan Perez wasn't there. "We missed a sign," Brewer's manager Craig Counsell said. As the ball rolled down the leftfield line Hamilton sprinted home.
Two innings later, Hamilton singled Zack Cozart to third. Hamilton took off with Joey Votto batting and had reached second by the time the ball was hit. Hamilton was able to score from firstbase on a single, causing Perez to throw the ball sideways as he rushed his relay throw.
Counsell saw Hamilton's play affect the game from the other side.
"Last night was an example of what Hamilton's speed does and how it effects the game in non measurable ways," Counsell said.. "That's what he does, he makes you make mistakes. We made several mistakes because of his speed basically. The undocumented part of speed is how it makes the defense uncomfortable."