Orioles’ Hays needs just six innings to hit for cycle

MLB

BALTIMORE — 4 at-bats, 4 hits and one unforgettable cycle in simply six innings of labor.

“Past unbelievable. An epic night time,” Baltimore supervisor Brandon Hyde stated after Austin Hays turned the sixth participant in Orioles historical past to hit for the cycle.

Hays accomplished the feat with a sixth-inning double within the midst of a gradual bathe and shortly earlier than play was halted for good in Baltimore’s 7-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night time.

Hays pulled it off whereas batting leadoff instead of Cedric Mullins, who was given the night time off. Going through Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin, Hays received an infield single within the first inning, hit a solo shot within the third and tripled within the fourth.

That seemingly left the 26-year-old outfielder loads of time to tack on the double that will allow him to affix Corridor of Fame members Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. within the Orioles document e-book.

However a heavy rain threatened to finish the sport in the course of the fifth.

“We got here inside and it turned unclear if we have been going to complete the sport or not,” Hays stated. “I wasn’t positive with extra rain coming if I used to be going to get the chance.”

Though play resumed after a 44-minute delay, not lengthy after that it began raining once more. It was coming down laborious within the sixth when Hays accomplished the cycle with a double to middle off Steve Cishek.

“It was loopy,” Hays stated. “I used to be positively interested by it. I used to be interested by getting a slider that was hanging over the center of the plate. Positive sufficient, Cishek hung a slider proper there.”

As he stood within the rain, Hays smiled broadly whereas standing at second base.

“It was a very cool feeling,” he stated. “Goosebumps hit me proper as I used to be touching second base.”

Play was halted once more after Baltimore’s four-run sixth, and the tarp by no means got here off.

The final Baltimore participant to hit for the cycle was Jonathan Villar towards the Yankees on Aug. 5, 2019. Earlier than that, Robinson, Ripken, Aubrey Huff and Felix Pie did it.

Being that Hays’ effort was accomplished within the sixth inning, it was earlier within the recreation than the earlier 5 in membership historical past, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Info analysis.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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