Orioles’ Cedric Mullins breaks through after hitting the game-winning home run in the 8th inning
Cedric Mullins started his final swing on Friday night with a single, double and triple – everyone knew he was going to hit the fences.
And it paid off — the outfielder drilled a pitch into right field that’s standing nearby Eutaw Street meet for the cycle.
With runners on the corners and two outs, Mullins made a hanging substitution Pittsburgh Pirates‘ Duane Underwood Jr. and sent it to the seats.
Not only did it end the cycle, but it gave the Baltimore Orioles some big insurance runs and extended their lead to 6-2.
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The evening didn’t start well for Mullins as he was eliminated on his first shot. But he threw a single on the third shot, a triple on the fifth, and a double on the seventh in his next three shots.
Mullins was on deck with two outs, but Terrin Vavra walked to take Mullins to the plate and he made it worthwhile.
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It was the second round of the year – the reigning AL batting champion Luis Arraez did this on April 11th. The home run was his fifth of the season.
The last Oriole to strike for the cycle was Austin Hays last year against the Washington Nationals.
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The O’s have surprised almost everyone this year – their young roster started 25-13 after a 6-3 win over Pittsburgh, who lost ten of their last 11 games after a surprisingly strong start.