Calvin Biggio starts the Blue Jays final roar trip with fireworks

Eduardo Harari
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@edharari

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Photo courtesy of Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

By Eduardo Harari

Toronto. - The Blue Jays started their final road trip of the season with fireworks in part to the Cycle performance of Cavin Biggio. 

In a season that has proven to be a great disappointment for most of the Blue Jay faithful, the new recruits have ben able to bring bright and hopefullness to the future of the organization.

The Orioles who currently sit at the bottom of the American League East saw and explosion of great hope from a team that was suppossed to be occupaying their spot in the standings. 

It was a game for the record books in all he sence of the word. Both teams had sufficient highlights to put the Yankees to shame. There were 4 lead changes, 5 homers, 2 triples and 2 doubles, 1 cycle and 2 x 4 rbi performances.

Trey Mancini had a 2 for 4 night that included a homer, 5 total bases and 4 Rbi's. He gave the Oriole the lead back three times but the pitching staff messed up a great effort.

“I think anybody wants to finish the year strong,’’ Mancini said. “Again, it sounds cliche, but it’s honestly what I think about when I go up to the plate is just trying to do what I can to help the team win and try to have a good at-bat.”

Now we come to the star of the evening that illuminated the skies of Maryland with the first cycle of the start to his elustrious career. He started the evening with a homered to center in the third of Sheppard bringing home Bo Bichette, singled of Bleier in the six, doubled in the eighth of Armstrong and tripled of Givens in the ninth to complete the cycle. 

This feat has only been accomplished twice before in Blue Jays history by Kelly Gruber (Apr. 16, 1989 against Kansas City) and Jeff Frye (Aug. 17, 2001 against Texas), according to Rodney Hiemstra of the Toronto Blue Jays Media relations team.

According to Joe Trezza of MLB.com, Biggio’s cycle was the first by a visiting player in the nearly 27-season history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

“I couldn’t really feel much,” Biggio said after he rocketed a ball in the ninth that sailed over the head of Orioles centre fielder Mason Williams, “I just put my head down and ran.”

“I just want to continue to play hard every day, finish strong and go out to the off-season and next year with some momentum and some positivity,” Biggio said. “Yes it’s a grind, but I feel good and I feel healthy. I want to take that mindset into the final two weeks.

“I think this whole month in general is really important into what we are going to do next year. We’ve got to get some momentum going.”

“September is supposed to be an exciting time. Hopefully that will be the case for us next year and going forward.”

Calvin and his dad Craig become only the second father-son combination to hit for the cycle since Gary Ward for Minnesota at Milwaukee on Sept. 19, 1980, and Daryle Ward for Pittsburgh at St. Louis on May 26, 2004.

"I did know my dad had one," Cavan Biggio said. "I have a ticket to the game he got it in in my room my whole life. I didn't think I was going to get up there for the opportunity."

Craig Biggio hit for the cycle at Colorado's Coors Field on April 8, 2002, as part of a career that earned him induction into the Hall of Fame. He led off with a single against Denny Neagle, then tripled and homered off Neagle before doubling versus. Mike James in the eighth.

Manager Charlie Montoyo had only great things to say about Cavin's accomplishment and his abilities after the game. "That was a crazy scene," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. "The whole dugout was cheering for him. A triple is hard to get in this ballpark. He was really going all out rounding second. He's aggressive at the plate and he's really doing better."

The Blue Jay's took the first game of the series 8 - 5.