"It was tough knowing the type of hitter in the batter's box and that situation, up by two runs and a man in scoring position," Strop said. "You think about it, but you've still got to make your pitches. I knew that I could get him out."
Strop pitched him carefully, going 3-1 before throwing a slider that Hamilton bit on and then tried to check his swing. On the full count, Strop threw another slider – and this one hung in the middle of the plate. Hamilton crushed it, but it just sailed foul.