Patrick Smith, Reuters
May 9, 2012
There were only 11,263 fans at Camden Yards on this night, but boy did they see a show.
Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton became the 16th major leaguer to hit four home runs in a game, and he also doubled to set an American League record with 18 total bases.
"When I came out after the fourth one, the crowd and appreciation lets you know that they are true baseball fans," Hamilton said. "They are not only fans of their own team, but they love the game and appreciate it when somebody does something of that caliber. And it's a special feeling -- you're running out in the opposing stadium, and the crowd is just appreciating how you play the game and what you've done."
Jake Arrieta, who started for the Orioles and allowed six runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, gave up three of the Rangers' five homers in the game.
"It was the first time I've ever seen anything like that," Arrieta said of Hamilton's performance. "Very special hitter."