Boston Red Sox infielder Brock Holt hit for the cycle during Monday night’s routing of their arch nemesis, the New York Yankees. Following the Red Sox’ 16-1 win to put them up 2-1 in the ALDS, Holt became the first player to hit for the cycle in the Postseason.
Holt singled to lead off the fourth inning, hit a two-run triple later in the fourth, hit an RBI double in the eighth, and ripped a two-run home run down the right-field line off of catcher Austin Romine (who was put in to pitch after the game got insanely out of control) in the ninth inning.
“This one I’ll remember for a long time,” Holt said. “Obviously, you don’t go into the game expecting to make history or do anything like that, let alone score 16 runs against a good New York Yankees team. So it was a good night overall for everyone.”
Holt has had a solid 2018 season playing for the star-studded Boston Red Sox, hitting .277/.362/.411 with seven homers, 46 RBI, 41 runs, and seven stolen bases in 367 plate appearances this season.
“I knew I needed a home run. I saw Romine on the mound. So you get a little antsy when a position player is on the mound,” Holt said. “I told everyone, ‘Get me up. I need a home run for a cycle.’ I was going to try to hit a home run, but I figured I’d ground out to first, be out in front of something.”
“But I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything. … That’s probably the first time I’ve ever tried to do that. I rounded the bases and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me.”
Holt joins Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich (twice), and Charlie Blackmon as the only players to hit for the cycle in 2018 and Holt is now the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit for the cycle in the Postseason.
The Red Sox are hopeful that Holt can continue his success as they attempt to beat the Yankees and advance to the ALCS tomorrow.