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Austin Hays completed the cycle in four shifts

The Orioles outfielder completed the eleventh cycle of the franchise

After a rain delay, Austin Hays of the Baltimore Orioles returned to the field at Nationals Park to double in the sixth (and final) off a slider by reliever Steve Cishek to complete the cycle, in the win 7-0 of his own against the Washington Nationals; in a party that was cut by the designs of Mother Nature.

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Hays, who hails from Daytona Beach, Florida; He opened his team's offense in the first inning with a single against Patrick Corbin's shipments, later, in the third inning, he hit his tenth home run of the season and in the fourth quarter he also hit a triple against Corbin's serpentine.

The Oropendolas outfielder was close to accomplishing the feat, which had been jeopardized by the first rain delay since the game was not yet legal.

Subsequently, the game was resumed to be definitively suspended two innings later, but with enough space for Hays to take his fourth turn and complete the feat, in what he himself described as "my favorite game in the Major Leagues so far".

Made history in the franchise

Still, Austin Hays becomes the franchise's XNUMXth player and sixth since moving to Baltimore to hit for the cycle at least once.

First NameRivalDate
George SisslerWashington Senators
Baby Doll JacobsonChicago White Sox17-04-1924
Oscar MelilloCleveland23-05-1929
George McQuinnBoston19-07-1941
Brooks RobinsonChicago White Sox15-07-1960
Cal Ripken Jr.Texas06-06-1984
Aubrey HuffAnaheim29-06-2007
Felix PieAnaheim14-08-2009
Jonathan VillarNY Yankees05-08-2019
AUSTIN HAYSWashington Nationals22-06-2022
source: Baseball-Reference

It is also worth noting that Hays and Aubrey Huff in 2007 are the only ones to go 4-4 to achieve the feat, mentioning in the same way that George Sisler in 1921 went 5-5 against Detroit; him well he hit two doubles in that game.

“I got goosebumps right when I was touching second base,” Hays said, “and nothing else to do but point to the sky and thank God for the opportunity.”

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