baltimorE – Felix Pie became the fourth player in Baltimore Orioles history to hit for the cycle, then got two pies in the face from his teammates during the postgame television interview.
It was an emotional Friday night for the seldom-used outfielder, who later apologized for celebrating the rare feat a bit too vigorously.
With Pie leading the way, the Orioles tied club records for extra-base hits and doubles in a 16-6 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.
Pie doubled in the first inning, homered in the third, then rounded out the feat during a seven-run seventh. He opened the inning by beating out an infield single, then tripled to the gap in right-center for a career-high four hits.
“I didn’t know I hit for the cycle,” Pie said. “(Third base coach) Juan Samuel tells me and I say, ‘Wow. Really?’ It’s exciting, you know.”
Pie lifted his arm in triumph and waved to the cheering fans from third base. But his enthusiasm was blunted when he looked at Angels manager Mike Scioscia staring from the dugout.
“It’s a special time for me but I’m sad because I showed too much emotion on the field,” Pie said. “I apologize to Mike Scioscia and the players on the other team. It’s part of the game, emotion, but I showed too much.”
During his postgame session with reporters, Scioscia made no mention of Pie’s display, which continued when he reached the dugout after the seventh.
Pie came in hitting .234 and batted eighth in the lineup for his 37th start of the season.
“It probably makes him feel real good because he’s put in a lot of hard work,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. “And he’s turned the corner as far as being a professional and being accepted in the clubhouse.”
That was evident when Adam Jones, then Robert Andino, planted shaving cream pies in the outfielder’s face.