In the downward spiral that has become the 2015 Boston Red Sox season, Brock Holt gave baseball fans in New England something to cheer about. The utility man, who played second base today, hit for the cycle against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. For a brief instant all was well in Red Sox Nation.
Braves starter Julio Teheran got the brunt of the Red Sox attack giving up 6 earned runs on 13 hits. The star of the game, Brock Holt, led-off the game with a double, but he was just warming up. Holt then singled in the 5th, homered over the Green monster in the 7th and finally tripled in the next inning to complete the cycle.
Holt, who is better known as the Brock Star to the Fenway Faithful, becomes the first Red Sox to hit for the cycle in 19 years when John Valentin graced the infield. After the game, Holt showed great maturity for a 24-year-old that just hit for the cycle in Fenway Park. When asked about the game. “Feels good, biggest thing is we get the win today. Just try to do my part.”
Brock Holt is the first BOS player to hit for the cycle since:
John Valentin 6/6/96
Scott Cooper 4/12/94
Mike Greenwell 9/14/88
— High Heat Stats MLB (@HighHeatStats) June 16, 2015
Holt played second and led off the Sox order. The Brock Star has not only been extremely valuable as a utility player, having played all positions in the field this year except pitcher and catcher, but is now batting .309.
With the win, the Red Sox snap their 7-game losing streak. Still 10 games below .500, the Red Sox have a Green Monster sized hole to climb out of. They will now fly down to Atlanta as part of the home-and-home series before heading to Kansas City for a 3-game series against the Royals.