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July 14, 2014

What You Need to Know

Round Up The Usual Weekend Suspects

by Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
While the Brewers and Cardinals duked it out in Milwaukee for the National League Central lead, the division’s other two playoff contenders exchanged blows in Cincinnati to try and keep pace with the first half of the season coming to a close.

Friday’s opener started with yet another jaw-dropping moment on the bases by Billy Hamilton. Just when you thought you've seen all that Hamilton can do on a baseball field, he pulls out another first from his bag of tricks. This time it was Hamilton’s evasiveness, not his pure speed, that triumphed.

The Cincinnati speedster led off the bottom of the first with a first-pitch push bunt up the first-base line. Gaby Sanchez fielded the ball with time to spare for what looked like an easy out, but Hamilton—a former wide receiver prospect on the gridiron—juked Sanchez out of his shoes and dived safely into first with one of the most acrobatic baserunning maneuvers you'll see this season.

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