BALTIMORE – Four at-bats, four hits, one memorable cycle in just six innings of work.
“Beyond the incredible. An epic night,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said after Austin Hayes became the sixth player in Orioles history to be caught in the cycle.
Hayes finished his feat with a sixth-inning double in the midst of incessant rain and shortly before play was finally stopped in Baltimore’s 7-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
Hayes handled it by batting instead Cedric Mullinswho was given the day off. Facing compatriots lefty Patrick CorbinHayes got an infield single in the first inning, hit a solo throw in the third, and tripled in the fourth.
This apparently left the 26-year-old outfielder enough time to score a double that would see him join Hall of Famers 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 went inside and it became unclear if we were going to end the game or not,” Hayes said. “I wasn’t sure that I would have that opportunity because of the upcoming rain.”
Although play resumed after a 44-minute delay, it rained again soon after. It was tough in the sixth round when Hayes finished the cycle with a double in the center. Steve Chishek.
“It was crazy. I definitely thought about it,” said Hayes.
Standing in the rain, Hayes was smiling broadly at second base.
“It was a really cool feeling,” he said. “I get goosebumps when I touch second base.”
Play was again stopped after Baltimore’s four-time sixth round, and the tarp never came off.
Corbin (3-10) gave up three runs and seven hits in four innings. He has allowed two homers in each of his last three starts and is putting up a high 6.60 ERA.
After Ryan Mountcastle scored an RBI double in the first inning, Corbin did a great job in the second. But Hayes opened the third with a 0-2 left flank and threw the team’s “home run chain” around his neck, reaching the dugout.
With two batters later, Hayes passed the chain to Santander, who drilled a 3–0 pitch over the wall in midfield.
Baltimore starter Tyler Wells (5-4) took the win with five close innings, recording the last out just before the initial rain delay. Wells allowed only three hits but threw out a season-high four walks. However, it was the 13th consecutive start in which he limited opponents to three or fewer runs.
“This is a special night,” Wells said. “Obviously the big story is Hayes.”
Nick Vespi made sixth to earn his first career save.
Nationals: LH pitcher Sean Doolittle, who has been on the injured list since April 20 with a sprained left elbow, plays long shot at 120 feet. “He is progressing. Everything is going well,” said manager Dave Martinez. … The team has yet to receive the results of the recent RHP review Stephen Strasburg, who is on the injury list with a stress reaction in his ribs. … Right side Victor Arano ready to test his sore left knee with a throw, not sitting on a chair. “We told him, ‘You can’t sit down and serve,'” Martinez said with a chuckle.
Orioles: INF Ramon Urias (left oblique) started light baseball on Wednesday, “just to get him back on track,” manager Brandon Hyde said. … Mancini (right hand) started in RF after missing Sunday and playing DH on Tuesday. He uses a light pad on his bat to soften the soreness while eating. … Outboard pitcher Matt Harvey is scheduled to play in Class A on Thursday. Harvey, who signed with the minor leagues, was suspended for 60 games on April 29 for distributing illegal drugs.
Citizens: After Thursday’s holiday, Washington sends Paolo Espino (0-1, 2.29 ERA) on the mound Friday night at the start of a three-game series against host Texas Rangers.
Orioles: RHP Dean Kremer (1-1, 2.35) helps the Orioles kick off a four-game streak in Chicago against the White Sox on Thursday night.
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