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Jonathan Villar Hits for the Cycle in O’s Loss to Yankees

August 06, 2019 - 1:12 pm

By Joe Schiller

The Orioles’ comeback was halted by the New York Yankees in a 9-6 loss on Monday night, but history was made.

Infielder Jonathan Villar became the fifth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle.

Villar tripled, doubled, homered and completed the cycle with a single in the ninth inning. His double would’ve likely been a single for just about any other player, but Villar’s speed got him to the second base bag ahead of a throw from right field.

Felix Pie was the last Oriole to hit for the cycle back in 2009.

Villar, who was acquired by the Orioles before the trade deadline last season, is batting .267 with 51 RBIs on the season. He was rumored as a candidate to he traded at this year’s trade deadline but will stay in Baltimore through at least the 2019-2020 season.

There have been plenty of struggles this season as the Orioles embarked on a full-scale rebuild, but Villar’s cycle was a bright spot. The Orioles currently sit at 38-74 on the season and have been playing some of their best baseball as of late.

As of now, they’re on pace to surpass their win total from 2018.