Alex Rios is having a night that he will remember for a long time. Rios achieved one of the greatest accomplishments that a Major League hitter can have in one game by hitting for the cycle in his first 4 at bats against the Houston Astros.
Rios’ night started with a double in the first inning that plated teammates Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus. In the bottom of the 3rd inning he reached on an infield single and eventually came around to score on a bases loaded walk by teammate Daniel Murphy. Rios’ third at-bat came in the bottom of the 4th inning in which he hit a solo home run. He finished the cycle in his 4th at-bat in the 6th inning when he tripled to right center field scoring Andrus again.
According to SportsCenter, Rios is only the 8th player in Texas Rangers franchise history to hit for the cycle.
Alex Rios (4-4, 4 RBI) is having a HUGE night in Arlington. He becomes 8th player in Rangers franchise history to hit for the cycle.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 24, 2013
This might be too little too late for the Rangers. Texas’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread as they currently have a 23% chance of making it into a wildcard spot at 1.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians. It certainly helps getting to play the Astros though as the Rangers are currently leading 12-0.