Baltimore — With just 6 innings, 4 at bats, 4 hits, 1 unforgettable cycle.
"Beyond the incredible. Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said after Austin Hays became the sixth player in Orioles history and hitting for the cycle.
Hays completed his feat with six doubles in the midst of a stable shower, just before Baltimore defeated the Washington Nationals 7-0 on Wednesday night and play stopped altogether.
Hays pulled it apart while hitting a lead-off on behalf of the Orioles given a night vacation. Hays confronted Nationals left-handed Patrick Corbyn. Hitting for the cycle in the first, solo shot in the third, and third base in the fourth.
This puts the 26-year-old outfielder in the Orioles recordbook. It seems that he has had enough time to tackle the double to be able to join members Brooks Robinson and Karlipken Jr.
But heavy rain could end the game in the middle of the fifth. .
Was it a game? "Hays said. "I didn't know if it would rain more if I had the chance."
Play resumed with a delay of 44 minutes, but soon after it began to rain again. It was the sixth hardest fall when Hayes completed a double cycle centered around Steve Sisek.
"It was crazy. I was definitely thinking about it," Hayes said. "I was thinking of getting a slider hanging in the middle of the plate. Sure enough, Cishek hung the slider right there."
Haze when standing in the rain Laughed loudly while standing on second base.
"It was a really cool feeling," he said. "When I was touching second base, a goose bump hit me directly."
After Baltimore's 4th run, 6th run, play was stopped again and the tarpaulin did not come off.
The last Baltimore player to hit in this cycle was Jonathan Villar against the Yankees on August 5, 2019. Before that, Robinson, Ripken, Aubrey Huff, and Felix Pie did it.
Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini also hit Orioles home runs. The Orioles won a two-game Interleague series split between adjacent rivals.
Corbyn (3-10) gave up 3 runs and 7 hits in 4 innings. He allowed two home runs in each of the last three starts and threw a lofty 6.60 ERA.
Corbyn worked perfectly second after Ryan Mountcastle hit an RBI double in the first inning. However, Hayes blasted the left fielder to the third with a 0-2 count, and after reaching the dugout, slipped the team's "home run chain" around his neck.
After two batters, Hayes handed the chain to Santander. Santander pierced the center fielder wall at a 3-0 pitch.
Baltimore starter Tyler Wells (5-4) won five shutout innings and recorded the final shortly before the first rain delay. Wells allowed only three hits, but made the best four walks of the season. Even so, it was 13 consecutive wins that kept the opponent below 3 runs.
"It's a very special night," Wells said. "Obviously, the big story is haze."
Nick Vespi pitched sixth to win his first career save.