Red Sox offense gets jolt from Brock Holt as utility man hits for cycle in win

Ryan Hannable
June 16, 2015 - 4:32 pm
Wheaties is normally the Breakfast of Champions, but Tuesday for Brock Holt it was Frosted Mini Wheats. Going against the norm, Holt had Frosted Mini Wheats for breakfast and it paid off as the utility man hit for the first Red Sox cycle in almost 20 years, as the Red Sox beat the Braves, 9-4, at Fenway Park, snapping a seven-game losing streak. For Holt it was his first career cycle at any level and the first Red Sox cycle since John Valentin on June 6, 1996. It was the 20th in Red Sox history. Holt came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, with the Sox leading 8-2, needing a triple for the cycle. The lefty drove a Sugar Ray Marimon offering over center fielder Cameron Maybin's head and kept on running before he stopped standing on third base with the entire Red Sox dugout on the top step pumped for what their teammate just did. "Obviously I knew that I needed a triple," Holt said. "Didn't expect to hit one, but as soon as barrel hit ball, I was, 'Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my god,' cause once it gets in the triangle anything is possible. Just running, on my horses and it worked out." With the Red Sox leading 9-2, Holt was able to soak in the moment with third base coach Brian Butterfield. "I was like, 'This is pretty cool,' " Holt said. "[Butterfield] kind of came up to me and said, 'This is pretty cool.' I tried to soak it all in. Looked in my dugout and my teammates were all pretty pumped at the top step. Like I said, pretty special to do this and to get the win is the biggest thing. Something I'll remember for awhile." "That was a goosebump moment for me," Butterfield added. "He'€™s so humble and he kept his poise. I just looked up and said, '€˜That was really cool.'€™ He looked over and said, '€˜That was cool.' €™" Holt doubled in the first, singled in the fifth, homered in the seventh and hit the triple in the eighth. His home run in the seventh may have been just as special as the triple in the eighth, as he said it was the first time he had ever hit a ball over the Green Monster. "Yeah, I never expected to hit a ball over the Monster," Holt said. "That one was pretty cool too. I hit it good and I knew Jonny Gomes knows how to play the Monster pretty well so I knew it was going to come off pretty good off the Monster, so I put my head down and was running as hard as I could trying to get to second base. Got to second and I heard cheers and I was kind of looking around, 'Where's the ball, where's the ball,' still sprinting, so when I got to home plate Mookie [Betts] was laughing pretty good at me." It could have been an even more special day for the Red Sox, as Betts, who was hitting behind Holt in the order, needed a home run in the at-bat following Holt's cycle for a cycle of his own, but he flew out to center. Most people, including Holt, said they weren't even aware both players were close to hitting for the cycle. "You'€™re so locked into everything that'€™s going on, you don'€™t realize that somebody is doing what he'€™s doing," Butterfield said. "Then I see what Mookie'€™s doing and I say, '€˜Oh my goodness.'€™" Holt, who has played in 11 straight games, including five different positions in that span, wouldn't have been in the lineup if it weren't for a left knee injury to Dustin Pedroia. He slid into the leadoff spot and second base with ease, as the position occupied by a former MVP didn't miss a beat. "I've kind of hit leadoff my whole life, so I was hitting leadoff today and playing second base, so I was just like, 'Don't screw up too bad. The spot you're in right now is pretty dang good,'" Holt said. "I just went out there and I tried to get good pitches to hit, put together good AB's and it worked out today." While Holt by nature is a guy to mix things up, playing many positions, he may not be changing what he has for breakfast anytime soon.