The rain picked up its depth once more as Austin Hays stepped to the plate within the sixth inning, as if the sprinkler system within the sky might inform the Orioles outfielder was on fireplace. Even that water suppression system couldn’t stifle Hays, who promptly lashed the final remaining merchandise on his guidelines into left-center subject.
The 26-year-old cruised into second base with a double, including to his single, triple and residential run earlier within the sport. For a while, the rain that continued to fall on Hays whereas he soaked in applause at Camden Yards on Wednesday night time was the one factor that stood in the way in which of him reaching historical past. A 44-minute delay gave approach to a water-soaked resumption, nevertheless it was sufficient to present Hays a fourth at-bat.
Hays’ efficiency began innocently sufficient, with an infield single to steer off the primary inning in opposition to Washington Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin. It escalated from there, with three straight extra-base hits a serious a part of Baltimore’s offensive outburst on the way in which to a 7-0 win, with inclement climate ending the competition after six innings.
Hays turned the sixth participant in Orioles (31-39) historical past to hit for the cycle and the primary since Jonathan Villar did so in 2019. He additionally threw out a runner at third base within the first inning, one other standout second for the younger outfielder — the type of performs which have vaulted him into the All-Star Game dialog.
In his second at-bat, Hays despatched a homer over the left subject fence earlier than including a stand-up triple off the fitting subject wall within the fourth inning. Then a rain delay got here, however a break within the climate gave Hays yet another likelihood.
Mere minutes after Hays’ feat, the rain intensified and despatched Wednesday’s outing into one other delay. But Hays obtained that fourth at-bat, a minimum of, and he didn’t miss the chance.
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>> Right-hander Matt Harvey will start a rehab project with High-A Aberdeen on Thursday. The veteran beginning pitcher has 13 video games remaining on his 60-game suspension for “participating in the distribution of a prohibited drug of abuse,” which got here to gentle throughout Harvey’s testimony within the February trial of former Los Angeles Angels worker Eric Kay for the dying of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. The earliest Harvey can be eligible for reinstatement with Triple-A Norfolk is July 7. In the meantime, he can pitch at decrease ranges within the minors.
>> Infielder Ramón Urías started baseball actions Wednesday, together with some gentle swinging. “This is the first day getting him going back on track” after Urías’ left indirect harm, supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned.
>> Left-hander Bruce Zimmermann, who was demoted final week to Triple-A Norfolk, allowed 5 runs on seven hits with three walks and 7 strikeouts in his first 5 innings for the Tides. He entered out of the bullpen within the second inning and allowed all 5 runs in that body earlier than settling down.
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Orioles gamers to hit for the cycle
Austin Hays, June 22, 2022
Jonathan Villar, Aug. 5, 2019
Felix Pie, Aug. 14, 2009
Aubrey Huff, June 29, 2007
Cal Ripken Jr., May 6, 1984
Brooks Robinson, May 15, 1960