Baltimore ( Associated Press) – Four at-bats, four hits. It was an unforgettable cycle in a game lasting just six innings.
Austin Hayes became the sixth player in Orioles history to hit for a bicycle while completing the feat in the rain and ended with Baltimore’s 7-0 win over the Washington Nationals shortly before Wednesday’s game.
Shortly after Hayes doubled in the sixth inning to complete the cycle, rain forced play to be halted for the second time. The match ended after the sixth inning.
“It was absolutely incredible, an epic night,” said Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde.
Hayes achieved the feat first down the order instead of Cedric Mullins, who was knighted. Facing Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin, Hayes had an infield single in the first innings, a single homer in the third, and a triple in the fourth.
This gave the 26-year-old outfielder ample opportunity to hit the double that would allow him to join Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Carl Ripken Jr. in the Orioles’ record books.
But heavy rain stopped the game in the middle of the fifth innings.
“We went to the clubhouse and it was not clear whether we were going to finish the game or not,” Hayes said. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a chance because more rain was coming.
Although play resumed after 44 minutes, it started raining again shortly after.
For the nationals, Venezuela’s Cesar Hernández 3–1 and Ehire Adriánza 2–0, Dominican Juan Soto 2–0 and Nelson Cruz 2–0. Cuba Yadil Hernandez 3-1.
For the Orioles, Anthony Santander of Venezuela scored 4-2 with a run and an RBI, Robinson Chirinos 3-0, roughed Odor 1-0. Dominican Jorge Matteo 2-0 with a run.