The rain picked up again as Austin Hayes came to the plate in the sixth inning, as if the sprinkler system in the sky could tell the Orioles outfielder was on fire. Even this water suppression system couldn’t choke Hayes, who quickly added the last remaining item on his checklist to left center field.
The 26-year-old hit second base with a double, adding to his single, triple and home run earlier in the game. For some time, the rain that kept falling on Hayes as he soaked up the applause at Camden Yards on Wednesday night was the only thing keeping him from making history. The 44-minute delay gave way to a water-soaked resumption, but that was enough to give Hayes a fourth.
Hayes’ performance started innocently enough, with one infield leading to the first inning against Washington Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin. Things escalated from there, with three consecutive off-base hits that made up the bulk of Baltimore’s offensive rush en route to a 7-0 lead.
Hayes became the sixth player in Orioles history to complete this cycle, and the first since Jonathan Villar did so in 2019. which led him to talk about the All-Star Game.
In his second at-bat, Hayes sent a homer over the left field fence and then added a triple standing hit off the right field wall in the fourth inning. Then there was a delay due to rain, but a change in the weather gave Hayes another chance.
Just minutes after Hayes’ feat, the rain intensified, delaying Wednesday’s exit again. But Hayes got at least a fourth at bat and he didn’t miss the opportunity.
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>> Right-hander Matt Harvey will begin rehab with High-Aberdeen on Thursday. The veteran starting pitcher has 13 games left after his 60-game suspension for “participation in the distribution of illegal drugs,” according to Harvey’s testimony at the February death trial of former Los Angeles Angels employee Eric Kay. pitcher of the Angels Tyler Skaggs. The earliest that Harvey will be eligible for reinstatement to Triple-A Norfolk is July 7th. In the meantime, he can compete at lower levels in the minors.
>> Infielder Ramon Urias started playing baseball on Wednesday, including some swinging. “This is the first day he’s back on track” since Urias’ left oblique injury, manager Brandon Hyde said.
>> Left-hander Bruce Zimmermann, who was demoted last week by Triple-A Norfolk, allowed five runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in his first five innings for the tides. He came out of the bullpen in the second inning and allowed all five runs in that frame before settling down.
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Orioles players to hit the cycle
Austin Hayes June 22, 2022
Jonathan Villar August 5, 2019
Felix Pai, August 14, 2009
Aubrey Huff June 29, 2007
Cal Ripken Jr. May 6, 1984
Brooks Robinson May 15, 1960