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Hamilton steals win for the Wahoos

Reds' top prospect nabs four bases to reach 50 in Pensacola
August 28, 2012
Not content to own the Minor League records for stolen bases, Billy Hamilton is seeking to obliterate it.

The Reds' No. 1 prospect stole four bases, giving him 50 in Double-A Pensacola as the Blue Wahoos beat the Mississippi Braves, 3-2, in 10 innings on Monday.

Hamilton finished with two hits and scored twice for the Blue Wahoos. After singling to open the 10th inning, the 21-year-old shortstop stole second base. After Josh Fellhauer lined out for the first out, Hamilton nabbed third base and came around to score the go-ahead run on Yordanys Perez's sacrifice fly with one out.

Since breaking the stolen-base record Aug. 21, Hamilton has shown no signs of slowing down, swiping seven bases in six games. He currently leads both the Southern League and the California League in steals and is 154-for-190 in attempts this season.

For perspective, Huntsville's Josh Prince is second on Hamilton's current circuit with 41 stolen bases despite playing 87 more games. Hamilton has had 13 games in which he's stolen multiple bases for the Blue Wahoos, including two games of four stolen bases.

Fellhauer was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. He sports a league-leading .317 for the Blue Wahoos.

Pensacola's Curtis Partch (7-4) earned the win after allowing a hit in an inning of relief. Chris Manno retired the final two batters of the game to earn his second save.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to