Every time you watch a baseball game you can see something different or special happen. Rick Rowand explains how on Tuesday afternoon supersub Brock Holt hit for the cycle.
On June 6, 1996, John Valentin hit for the cycle against the Chicago White Sox. He was the last Red Sox player to do so… until yesterday afternoon. Super utility player Brock Holt! became the latest to join this exclusive club in a game against the Atlanta Braves, a game the Sox won 9-4.
Holt led off in the first with a double to left field off Braves pitcher Julio Teheran. He came around to score the first run of the game on a double by Mookie Betts. In his second at bat, he grounded out to first.
He came back up in the 5th and promptly hit a single to right, but was then caught stealing 2nd. In the 7th, Holt drove a ball to the opposite field over the Green Monster to give the Sox a 6-2 lead.
All that was left to complete the cycle was a triple – arguably the most difficult of the four. In Fenway, the best place to hit a triple is to deep center field – into the triangle – and that’s exactly what Holt did in the bottom of the 8th off Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon.
With the triple, Holt became the 20th Red Sox player to hit for the cycle, joining the likes of Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr (twice), Dwight Evans, Fred Lynn, Bob Watson, Carl Yastrzemski, Joe Cronin and Tris Speaker.