(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Angels dropped slumping outfielder Josh Hamilton to seventh in the lineup during a game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Hamilton entered Wednesday hitting just .213 on the season with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs. He went 0-for-3 during Wednesday’s 1-0 victory with two strikeouts and saw his average drop to .210.
“We’ve got to figure out something,” Hamilton said. “Some players wear emotions on their sleeves and break things, but I’m not going to break my bat on the field because there’s kids watching. If they don’t think I care, they’re mistaken because it hurts me more than it hurts anybody not to be performing.”
Mike Trout scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning, and that proved to be the only run of the game.
C.J. Wilson (6-5) gave up just two hits over seven scoreless innings to earn his fifth-straight win over the Mariners.
The Angels signed Hamilton to a five-year $125 million contract in December.
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