The New York Mets earned another impressive victory against a tough West Coast rival, the San Diego Padres, on Monday.
However, the 11-5 final score was a side note compared to what Eduardo Escobar did.
The Mets infielder, who inked a two-year, $20 million contract to play in Queens, completed the cycle: he hit a single, a double, a triple, and a home run on the night.
That wasn’t the exact order: he started with the single and hit the double next.
In the eighth inning, he belted a long home run.
His next at-bat wasn’t a lock to happen, but it did; and it resulted in a ball hit deep to right field that bounced off the wall: the perfect chance for a triple.
An Impressive Feat
He ended up reaching third base, and the Mets’ dugout started jumping, clapping their hands, and screaming with joy.
“Eduardo Escobar of the @Mets is the first player in MLB history to homer in the 8th and triple in the 9th to complete the cycle,” Stats by STATS tweeted.
Eduardo Escobar of the @Mets is the first player in MLB history to homer in the 8th and triple in the 9th to complete the cycle.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 7, 2022
Indeed, the chances of him hitting the cycle going into the eighth frame were slim, but he made it happen anyway.
Escobar became the first Mets batter to hit for the cycle since Scott Hairston did it 10 years ago, in 2012.
The Mets have pitched a no-hitter and now have a player hit for the cycle in their dream season.
Escobar was the hero of the night, and it couldn’t have come to a more deserving player: he is loved and respected by all his teammates.