Saturday, July 17, 2010
Hitter of the night – Bengie Molina
By ESPN Stats & Info
Bengie Molina went 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle leading the Texas Rangers to an 8-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. Molina, went single, double, home run in his first three at-bats, and hit just his sixth career triple in the eighth inning to accomplish the feat. This from a man who had only three triples in nearly a decade before Friday, going 651 games at one point between three-baggers.
Some quick notes about Molina's feat:
- First catcher in MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY with a cycle and a grand slam in the same game
- Sixth player in Rangers-Senators history to hit for the cycle, and the first catcher to do so
- First catcher with a cycle since Chad Moeller on April 27, 2004 for the Brewers
- First player with a cycle at Fenway Park since John Valentin on June 6, 1996
- First visiting player with a cycle at Fenway Park since Andre Thornton on April 22, 1978 for the Indians
Molina recorded his second 4-hit game of the season, and all four knocks came on pitches determined to be in the lower-third of the strike zone or below. Red Sox pitchers were wise to attack him down low given his numbers this season entering the game.