BALTIMORE — Austin Hays He became the sixth Orioles player to hit for the cycle. This was done in the midst a steady rainstorm, just before play was stopped in Baltimore's rain-shortened victory of 7-0 over the Washington Nationals Wednesday night
Rain came in the second inning, shortly after Hays's sixth-inning double. The game was finally called after six innings.
Hays did it while Hays was batting leadoff instead of Cedric MullinsThe night was given to, who was then paid a night off. Face to face with Nationals lefty Patrick CorbinHays had an infield single and a solo hit in the first. Hays then tripled in his fourth.
This left 26-year-old outfielder ample time to score the double that would make him join Brooks Robinson Jr. and Cal Ripken Jr. for the Orioles record books.
The game was threatened by heavy rain in the fifth inning. Play resumed after a 44 minute delay. However, it started to rain again shortly after. Hays finished the cycle with a two-run homer to the center of the sixth inning. Steve Cishek.
After Baltimore's six-run sixth, play was stopped again and the tarp was never removed.
Baltimore's last player to reach for the cycle was Jonathan Villar On Aug. 5, 2019, against the Yankees. Aubrey Huff, Ripken and Felix Pie were the first to do it.
Being that Hays' effort was completed in the sixth inning, it was earlier in the game than the previous five in club history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Anthony Santander Trey Mancini Also homered for Orioles who won a split of the interleague series between neighbouring rivals.
Corbin (3-10) gave up three runs, seven hits, and four innings. He has allowed two homers in each his three previous starts and boasts a 6.60 ERA.
After Ryan Mountcastle Corbin pitched a flawless second inning and hit an RBI double in Hays' first inning. After reaching the dugout, Hays launched a blast to the left fielder on an 0-2 count. He then slipped the “home run chain”, which was the team's symbol of his success, around his neck.
Hays gave the chain to Santander two batters later. Santander drilled a 3-0 pitch above the center-field wall.
Baltimore starter Tyler Wells (5-4) won the game with five shutout innings. The final out was recorded just before the rain delay. Wells only allowed three hits, but he issued four walks. This is the most in a season. However, it was his thirteenth consecutive start that he kept the opposition to just three runs or less.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.