“I would have stopped…” Why did he sprint to second base when a single would have been a cycling hit?

“If it was me, I would have stopped…”

Gunner Henderson (Baltimore Orioles) went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBIs and three runs scored while batting third in the lineup against the Oakland Athletics on April 21 at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA.메이저사이트

After grounding out to second base in his first at-bat, Henderson came out swinging in his second at-bat. In the third inning, he came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out and stole second. With runners on second and third, Austin Hays singled to center field to give Baltimore a 4-0 lead.

In his third at-bat in the top of the fourth inning, he tripled. With the bases loaded, he hit a line drive to the right field fence and advanced to third base. There was a video review of the home run, but it was ruled a triple.

In the top of the seventh, he hit his 21st home run of the season in his fourth at-bat. With the bases loaded, he lined an 88.4 mph (142 km/h) cutter from Zach Neal over the right field fence.

Henderson was one hit away from a hit for the cycle. In the top of the eighth inning, he stepped to the plate and hit Neal’s 87.2 mph (about 140 km/h) four-seam fastball. The ball sailed between the first baseman and the first base line. Stopping at first base would have given him his first career cycling hit, but he rounded first base and sprinted to second. He gave up the cycling hit and opted for a double.

“Henderson could have become the first rookie in Baltimore franchise history to record a cycling hit,” MLB.com said. But he chose not to.”

“It (the cycling hit) went through my head before I got to the plate,” Henderson said. But I played hard,” he said, adding, “I had a chance to get a double, that’s how I play.”

“If it was me, I would have stayed at first base,” said teammate Jorge Mateo, “but he has the right to make his own decision. He chose to go to second base.”

Despite missing out on a cycling hit, Henderson set a new record. ”At 22 years, 52 days old, Henderson has four long balls in a game,” Sarah Lance of MLB.com wrote. ”The previous record was held by Cal Ripken Jr. (23 years, 10 days), who hit four home runs on Sept. 3, 1983.” “Henderson is the youngest player in Baltimore franchise history to do so.

Henderson was selected by Baltimore in the second round, 42nd overall, of the 2019 draft. After appearing in 32 games last season, he is batting .249 with 21 doubles, 61 home runs, 69 RBIs and an .815 OPS in 113 games this season.