Saturday, April 28, 2012

Scott Hairston Hits For Cycle

Despite the Mets 19-8 defeat in Colorado this evening, Scott Hairston became the first New York Met to hit for the cycle since Jose Reyes did so on June 21st, 2006 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Scott Hairston needed to make an impact starting in left field tonight and didn't fail to deliver. After going 1-for his last-13, Hairston singled to lead off the top of the 2nd before being erased on a Mike Nickeas grounder to end the inning.

When Hairston came to the plate in the top of the 4th and hit a sharp line drive down the left field line, it almost seemed like it wouldn't have enough carry to leave the park. That's when the reality that Coors Field is always a bandbox and worse tonight hit in, and Hairston seemed to have a huge game-tying hit that resembled the Mets fighting spirit coming off of their walk off win last night.

His next knock, a triple, came in the top of the 5th when Hairston drilled a ball to the deepest part of center field that Dexter Fowler wasn't able to get to and he raced into 3rd to score Ruben Tejada.

The knock to score Ruben Tejada gave the Mets a 3-2 lead, their first of the night. When Hairston would have his next plate appearance in the top of the 6th, the Mets were trailing by 7 runs. It was no matter to Hairston, who promptly launched a ball over Carlos Gonzalez's head to bring the game within 5. The hit, a double, successfully completed the cycle and one of Scott Hairston's finest games as a major leaguer.

With his 4-hit cycle tonight, Hairston bumped his average from .172 to .262 on the season.