Gunnar Henderson got here to the plate within the best of the 8th inning for the Baltimore Orioles with a possibility to make historical past.
He did possibly the funniest factor imaginable as an alternative.
The Orioles designated hitter strode to the plate with the Orioles blowing out the Oakland A’s 10-1, and having already homered, tripled, and doubled at the afternoon. Henderson wanted only a unmarried to hit for the cycle. That might have made Henderson simply the 5th participant to achieve this feat this season, and best the 344th participant in all of MLB historical past to drag off a cycle.
Henderson gave himself a possibility, roping a line pressure down the right-field line however … he didn’t prevent in the beginning:
As a substitute, Henderson legged out a double, giving himself 4 additional base hits at the afternoon. As you’ll see from the top of the clip, even his teammates had been puzzled, gesturing from the dugout that he must have simply stayed in the beginning base.
Following the sport, Henderson admitted that he thought of a unmarried — and the cycle — prior to his at-bat. Then again, with a possibility for a double, he was once no longer going to cross that up. “It roughly went via my head prior to the at-bat … however I simply play the sport onerous,” Henderson stated. ”A double, the chance was once there. That was once simply the way in which I play. Wasn’t supposed to be.”
The Orioles went directly to win 12-1, finishing a three-game sweep of the A’s. That victory capped off a nine-game West Coast swing that noticed Baltimore cross 6-3, sweeping Oakland and taking two-of-three from the Seattle Mariners. Baltimore stays atop the AL East with a 77-47 document, hanging them 30 video games above .500 for the primary time since 2014.
Baltimore has a three-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays within the department.
And a young person prepared to cross up historical past.