Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed singled in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night to complete the cycle in Class A Advanced Lancaster's 11-3 win against Visalia.
Reed, a Houston Astros prospect who was the California League's player of the month for May, hit a solo home run in the first inning. He followed that with a walk in the third, an RBI double in the fifth and an RBI triple in the seventh.
"It was pretty cool, I've never done that before," Reed said, according to a report on MiLB.com. "It's something we get to joke about with the team because I'm not the fastest guy on the team, so I don't get many triples. Never, ever in my life. I'm sure I've had the homer, double and single before, but I don't think about hitting the triple. Normally, when I hit the ball in the gap, I'm stopping at second."
Considering Lancaster had a big lead and Reed was due up sixth in the bottom of the eighth, it didn't look likely that he'd get a shot at the single he needed to finish off the cycle. But Brett Phillips hit his third home run in three days, a three-run blast, to ensure that Reed had an opportunity.
"I knew I needed the single, but I wasn't sure I was going to get another at-bat," Reed told MiLB.com. "Just one of those things where everybody is saying, 'You only need the single.' Give credit to my teammates for getting me the chance to get up and hit the single. I hit it and the whole dugout was going crazy. Everybody was cheering and was happy for me."
Reed, who is batting .323 after going 4-for-4, leads the league in home runs (16), RBI (59) and walks (42).
Another highlight of his season came on May 6 when he hit three home runs with nine RBI against Stockton.
"In my pro career, I would put this one at the top because it's not often you get to hit for the cycle," Reed told MiLB.com. "It's something that's going to be special for me and my teammates and everybody that was here tonight. The way I play, I'm supposed to hit a lot of home runs. Three home runs doesn't happen too often, either, but to hit for the cycle is less of a chance for me than hitting three home runs."