Very likely, there will still be some joy in Anaheim. After all, Disneyland is there. Nevertheless, the once-mighty Josh Hamilton has struck out -- and made outs in just about every fashion a hitter can -- as the Angels were swept from the playoffs after winning an MLB-best 98 games during the regular season.
Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP who signed a five-year contract reportedly worth $125 million with the Angels in 2012, went hitless in the team's American League Division Series defeat against the Kansas City Royals. The 33-year-old had missed the 21 of the Angels' 22 games leading up to the playoffs due to various injuries, but proclaimed himself good to go for October.
He was not.
Hamilton came to bat 13 times during the series and did not reach base once. There were 10 runners already on base during those at-bats and he drove in just one run, when it mattered least, as the Angels were outscored 15-6 over three games. The Royals rolled 8-3 in the series finale but the first two games needed extra innings to determine a winner.
Here is a look at Hamilton's dismal performance at the plate during the series:
3rd Inning: Lined out to shortstop.
5th Inning: Grounded out to third.
7th Inning Grounded out to second with a runner on second.
9th Inning: Struck out swinging with a runner on second.
11th Inning: Popped out to third for final out.
3rd Inning: Struck out swinging
5th Inning: Lined out to right with runner on third (After a swing hit the catcher)
7th Inning: Grounded out to first.
10th Inning: Ground into double play with runner on first.
“There is no secret Josh is searching for some things in the batter’s box,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Game 3, via the Orange County Register. “But when he gets it, he gets it for a long time. It’s something our offense needs, that’s for sure.”
2nd Inning: Flied out to right with runner on second base.
4th Inning: Grounded into fielder's choice to first with runners on first and second.
6th Inning: Flied out to center with runner on first.
8th Inning: Grounded out to first with runners on second and third, notched his first and only RBI of series.