Orioles OF Hays hits for cycle vs Nationals


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BALTIMORE (AP) — Austin Hays has become the sixth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle, an accomplishment he completed in the midst of a persistent rain shower.

Facing Washington Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin on Wednesday night, Hays got an infield single in the first inning, hit a solo shot in the third and tripled in the fourth. That seemingly left the 26-year-old outfielder plenty of time to tack on the double that would make him the sixth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle. A heavy rain stopped play for 44 minutes in the fifth inning. It was raining again in the sixth, when Hays cracked a double to center off Steve Cishek to complete the cycle.

Hays is the first Orioles player since Jonathan Villar managed the feat in 2019. Felix Pie (2009), Aubrey Huff (2007), Cal Ripken Jr. (1984), and Brooks Robinson (1960) are the others.


PHOTO INFO: Baltimore Orioles’ Austin Hays, right, is congratulated by Trey Mancini after Hays hit a home run against the Washington Nationals during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)


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