Saturday, August 7, 2010

Justin Maxwell's Golden Sombrero

A golden sombrero is awarded to a player who manages to strike out four times in a single game (real golden sombrero not included). It's quite the feat unless you're Ryan Howard or Mark Reynolds. Unfortunately, cycles and no-hitters are all the rage nowadays. Not for me, though. I will pour over the box scores to bring you the finest at swinging and missing.

So what's it been? A day since the last Sombrero? I have had an endless supply of strikeouts this summer. It's borderline ridiculous. I think I mentioned in my last Sombrero that I have completely run out of material for these posts. And it's true. But I'll continue to push through for you guys. Tonight's victim is some kid I've never heard of. I was going through the scores and came down to the last game of the night just in time to see Justin Maxwell strikeout for the 4th time. I went to BR to see how the 26-year-old was doing this year. Coming into tonight in 54 PA's, Maxwell is hitting .105/.352/.211 but still gets to lead off for some reason. Let's go to the at bats...

Top 1st: Maxwell struck out swinging against Clayton Kershaw. Because, why not?

Top 2nd: Maxwell struck out swinging against Kershaw again. He actually held off from swinging for 2 balls before swinging at the next 3.

Top 4th: Maxwell struck out swinging against Kershaw for the MTD Hat Trick. He struck out against Kershaw 3 times, the same way. This is starting to happen so often, I'm not sure it's special anymore.

Top 9th: Maxwell struck out swinging against Ramon Troncoso to complete the Sombrero in his last at bat. Nice.

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