Late on Tuesday night, Rays third baseman and franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria became only the second Rays player in history (after Melvin Upton Jr. in 2009) to hit for the cycle. Let's walk through the night for Longoria and how he arrived at the fun accomplishment that is hitting for the cycle.
First inning: Longoria connected on a 2-0 fastball to deep left field for a 2-run blast against starter Mike Fiers.
Third inning: Longoria came through with an RBI triple to the far right field corner, befuddling Josh Reddick.
Sixth inning: Longoria popped out to second base (uh-oh!).
Seventh inning: Longoria singles to left field, moving Corey Dickerson to second base, against reliever Reymin Guduan.
Ninth inning: In what was likely his last chance -- given the inning and the Rays’ 6-4 lead in the game -- Longoria came through with the two-bagger needed to complete the cycle against reliever Ken Giles.
Longoria was initially ruled out after sliding into second base, but the call was overturned upon review. Sure enough, he doubled, as his hand clearly beat the tag.
You can watch all four hits here:
The drama! @Evan3Longoria's cycle came down to review. pic.twitter.com/AAMiONatJy— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 2, 2017
To make this historic night even more memorable, Longoria (4-5, cycle, 2 runs) passed Carl Crawford's franchise record in runs scored (766) tonight.
The Rays hope Longoria, who slashed .320/.333/.505 with four home runs and 15 RBI's in July, can stay hot as the team seeks for their first postseason appearance since 2013.
When it comes to individual baseball feats that casual fans enjoy, Longoria's cycle in a 6-4 win over the best team in the American League is surely something fans will remember for a while. Enjoy this, Rays fans.
And kudos to you, Evan Longoria, on hitting for the cycle.
.@RaysBaseball third baseman Evan Longoria says he is proud to have hit for the cycle wearing a Rays jersey. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/Osz7o9VggS— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) August 2, 2017
You can read a full recap of the Rays 6-4 win here.