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Orioles’ Austin Hays records fourth cycle of MLB season

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Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hayes recorded the fourth cycle of the 2022 Major League Baseball regular season Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals (GameTracker). Hayes also did it efficiently, taking only four balls and six innings to hit all the points.

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Hayes led the bottom of the first half, winning a single in the infield against National Championship starter Patrick Corbin. He later fell victim to Corbin, hitting a solo home run in the third and a two-strike triple in the fourth. Hayes’ next at-bat was a sixth against veteran pitcher Steve Cishek. Although Zisek has historically been tough against right-handed batters, Hayes didn’t seem to care. Rather, he hit the ball deep into the left center lane, which bounced once before hitting the outfield wall.

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Hayes was able to make it to second base by the time Lane Thomas returned the ball to the infield. Take a look at the sequence of events that led him to become the sixth Oriole to ever enter the cycle:

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Before Hayes’ exit on Wednesday night, the last Orioles batter to hit the cycle was Jonathan Villar. Villar accomplished the feat against the New York Yankees in August 2019.

Hayes, who turns 27 on July 5, entered the game hitting .276/.337/.449 (125 OPS+) while hitting nine home runs and 15 doubles in his first 64 games. According to the Baseball Reference, his contribution was valued at about 1.7 wins over his replacement.

The Hayes cycle is June 3, joined by New York Mets third baseman Eduardo Escobar (June 6) and Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh (June 11). Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich completed the first cycle of the year on May 11. Coincidentally, all four cycles fell on rivals from the National League.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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