Orioles’ Austin Hays hits for historic cycle: ‘Epic night’

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

“Past unbelievable. An epic evening,” Baltimore supervisor Brandon Hyde stated after Austin Hays grew to become 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 evening.

Hays pulled it off whereas batting leadoff rather than Cedric Mullins, who was given the evening off. Dealing with 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 might allow him to affix Corridor of Fame members Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. within the Orioles report e-book.

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

Austin Hays belts a double in the sixth inning to complete the cycle during the Orioles' 7-0 rain-shortened win over the Nationals.
Austin Hays belts a double within the sixth inning to finish the cycle in the course of the Orioles’ 7-0 rain-shortened win over the Nationals.
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“We got here inside and it grew to become unclear if we had been going to complete the sport or not,” Hays stated. “I wasn’t certain 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 exhausting within the sixth when Hays accomplished the cycle with a double to heart off Steve Cishek.

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

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

“It was a extremely 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.

Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini additionally homered for the Orioles, who earned a cut up of the two-game interleague sequence between neighboring rivals.

Corbin (3-10) gave up three runs and 7 hits over 4 innings. He has allowed two homers in every of his final three begins and is toting a lofty 6.60 ERA.

After Ryan Mountcastle hit an RBI double within the first inning, Corbin labored an ideal second. However Hays opened the third with a blast to left area on an 0-2 rely and slipped the group’s “residence run chain” round his neck after reaching the dugout.

Two batters later, Hays handed the chain to Santander, who drilled a 3-0 pitch over the center-field wall.

Baltimore starter Tyler Wells (5-4) received the win with 5 shutout innings, recording the ultimate out simply earlier than the preliminary rain delay. Wells allowed solely three hits however issued a season-high 4 walks. Nonetheless, it was the thirteenth straight begin through which he restricted the opposition to a few runs or fewer.

“It’s a reasonably particular evening,” Wells stated. “Clearly, the large story is Hays.”

Nick Vespi pitched the sixth to earn his first profession save.

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