Brock Holt hit for the cycle Tuesday in dramatic fashion, tripling to left-center in his final at-bat …
It’s the first cycle for a Red Sox player since John Valentin in 1996. Holt is now batting .309/.400/.454.
Orioles southpaw Wei-Yin Chen threw eight innings of shutout ball Monday night against the Phillies, dropping his season ERA to 2.89. But the O’s optioned Chen to High-A Frederick on Tuesday afternoon, citing general fatigue, because they wanted to avoid pitching him this weekend against the Blue Jays, who have been mashing at historic rates against left-handed pitching. Chen isn’t taking this demotion lightly and went on his personal Twitter account Tuesday evening to publicly express his frustration. We’ve screenshotted the tweets in case he decides (or is asked) to delete them …
Chen pitched close to 200 innings last year between the regular season and the playoffs, so there’s no real reason for the O’s to be limiting his workload. It’s easy to understand why the native of Taiwan is upset.
Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt doubled in the first inning, singled in the fifth inning, slugged a solo shot in the seventh inning, and then ripped an RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday in Boston’s 9-4 rout of the visiting Atlanta Braves. A cycle.
Holt is the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle since John Valentin did it on June 6, 1996. And he’s the first player to hit for the cycle against the Braves since Keith Hernandez did so on July 4, 1985.
Holt was leading off and starting at second base for the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park. The 27-year-old has appeared at seven different positions this season while batting .309/.400/.454 with 15 RBI and 20 runs scored in 176 plate appearances.
Brock Holt’s wife Lakyn seemed pleased with Tuesday’s effort …
Ekkkkkk!!! 😍😍😍⚾️ #cycle
— Lakyn Holt (@lakeyd3) June 16, 2015