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.
HITTER OF THE NIGHT
Bengie Molina 2010 by area of the strike zone