When Josh Hamilton smacked four home runs Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, bettors quickly forced oddsmakers' hand.
Hamilton was originally set around +1200 to hit the most home runs in the majors during the regular season, but not long after he launched his fourth dinger over the fence, Sportsbook.com had to move his odds all the way down to +300.
“We got over $4,000 of action on Hamilton when he was at +1200 yesterday,” Mike Perry, oddsmaker at Sportsbook.com, said in an email. “And then we saw another $6,000 in action when we had his odds at +600.”
Hamilton, who has a big-league-leading 14 home runs on the season, went deep in the first, third, seventh and eighth innings.
He went 5-for-5 and set an American League record with 18 total bases -- one shy of the major league record set by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Shawn Green in 2002. Hamilton homered to center twice, left once and to right-center once.
"It's like anything else, you do something good or something incredible happens, it takes a little bit for it to sink in," Hamilton told reporters. "I think when I get away from everybody and I have some time to myself, I think it might then. All I can say, man, is it's an absolute blessing from above to be sitting up here and talking to you about this, to be in some good company. It's just awesome."