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Brock Holt becomes first player to hit for the cycle in the postseason


Red Sox infielder Brock Holt hit for the cycle, helping his club absolutely demolish the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday night. He is the first player to hit for the cycle in the postseason.

Holt singled to lead off the fourth inning, added a two-run triple later in the fourth, hit an RBI double in the eighth, and slapped a two-run home run down the right field line off of position player Austin Romine in the ninth.

Holt’s cycle is the first in baseball since… last week, when Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle against the Nationals. He’s the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle since Mookie Betts two months ago against the Blue Jays.

The versatile Holt had a solid regular season but doesn’t exactly strike one as a guy who’s going to light it up offensively in the playoffs. He hit .277/.362/.411 with seven homers, 46 RBI, 41 runs, and seven stolen bases in 367 plate appearances.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.