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Four at-bats, four hits, one unforgettable cycle in just six innings of work.
“Beyond incredible. An epic night,” said Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde after Austin Hayes became the sixth player orioles History to hit for the cycle.
Hayes accomplished the feat with a sixth inning double amid a row of rainstorms, and play was stopped for good in Baltimore’s 7–0 victory shortly before. citizens of Washington on Wednesday night.
Hayes pulled it off, batting the leadoff in place of Cedric Mullins, who was given a knight off. Facing National lefty Patrick Corbin, Hayes got an infield single in the first inning, hit a single shot in the third and tripled in the fourth.
The 26-year-old outfielder appears to have had plenty of time to tackle the double, allowing him to join hall of fame Members Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. in the Orioles record book.
But heavy rain threatened to end the game in the middle of the fifth.
“We came in and it was not clear whether we were going to finish the game or not,” Hayes said. “I wasn’t sure if it would rain more if I got a chance.
Although the game resumed after a delay of 44 minutes, it started raining again after sometime. It was barely coming down in the sixth when Hayes completed the cycle with a double to put Steve Sischek in the center.
“It was crazy. I was definitely thinking about it,” Hayes said. “I was thinking about getting a slider that hung in the middle of the plate. Sure enough, Sischek hung a slider right there.”
As he stood in the rain, Hayes smiled widely while standing at second base.
“It was a really nice feeling,” he said. “Goosebumps hit me right when I was touching second base.”
The game was halted again after Baltimore’s sixth run of the run, and the tarp never came out.
The last Baltimore player to hit for the cycle was Jonathan Willer on August 5, 2019, against the Yankees. Previously, Robinson, Ripken, Aubrey Huff and Felix Pie had done so.
Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini also made home for the Orioles, who earned a two-game Interleague series split between neighboring rivals.
Corbin (3-10) conceded three runs and seven hits in four innings. He has allowed two homers in each of his last three and is totaling a high 6.60 ERA.
After Ryan Mountcastle hit the RBI double in the first innings, Corbin worked a perfect second. But Hayes opened third with a blast in left field on the 0-2 count and got the team’s “home run chain” down his neck after reaching the dugout.
Two batters later, Hayes handed the series to Santander, who drilled a 3–0 pitch at the center-field wall.
Baltimore starter Tyler Wells (5–4) won with five shutout innings, recording the final just before the early rain delay. Wells allowed only three hits but issued a season-high four walks. Nevertheless, it was his 13th consecutive start in which he restricted the opposition to three or fewer runs.
“It’s a very special night,” Wells said. “Obviously, the big story is Haze.”
Nick Vespi took sixth place for his first career save.
National: LH reliever Sean Doolittle, who has been on the injured list since April 20 with a left elbow strain, is playing a long toss at 120 feet. “He’s making progress. It’s going well,” manager Dave Martinez said. … team is yet to receive the result of RHP recent exam Stephen Strasberg, which is on the injury list along with a tension reaction in his ribs. … RHP Victor Arano prepares to test his swollen left knee by throwing without the benefit of sitting in a chair. “We told him, ‘You can’t just sit and pitch,'” Martinez said with a laugh.
Orioles: INF Ramon Ureas (left oblique strain) resumed light baseball activities on Wednesday, “just to get him back on track.” Manager Brandon Hyde said. … Mancini (right hand) started in RF after sitting out on Sunday and playing DH on Tuesday. He is using a light pad on his bat to ease the pain in the plate. … Suspended pitcher Matt Harvey is scheduled to pitch for Class A Aberdeen on Thursday. Harvey, who has been signed to a minor league deal, was suspended for 60 games on April 29 for distribution of banned drug abuse.
The Nationals: After taking a break on Thursday, Washington sent Paolo Espino (0-1, 2.29 ERA) to the mound Friday night in the first of a three-match series against hosts Texas Rangers.
Orioles: RHP Dean Kramer (1-1, 2.35) helps the Orioles start a four-game series against the White Sox on Thursday night in Chicago.