Watch Rangers rookie Wyatt Langford complete Sunday Night statement with cycle

Wyatt Langford has officially arrived after making Sunday Night Baseball history.
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The Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles put on a great show on Saturday night as the Rangers tried to snatch a series split following two losses to one of the best teams in baseball. Orioles rookie Heston Kjerstad's grand slam proved insurmountable, even after solo homers from Nathaniel Lowe and Adolis García that got the Rangers within one by the time the game came to a close.

On Sunday night, in primetime, as Texas tried to avoid a sweep, a Rangers rookie shot right back. Wyatt Langford made it clear that he would be Texas' player of the night by the top of the sixth, when he singled to put himself just a homer away from the cycle — possibly the first we'd see this season. He got arguably the hardest part of it done first, with a triple in his second at-bat, then he doubled to score a run in the fifth.

After the single, we were officially on watch, as he was guaranteed to get another at-bat. With Robbie Grossman and García on, Langford watched the first pitch from Orioles reliever Matt Krook hit the dirt before managing to square up a cutter that probably would've been called a ball, sending it 404 feet into the left field seats to complete the first cycle of the season, of Langford's career, and of any Texas Ranger since Carlos Gomez did it against the Angels seven years ago.

Rangers' Wyatt Langford reaches another milestone by hitting for his first career cycle against the Orioles

Langford was out for most of May dealing with a hamstring strain after a somewhat disappointing April. As a guy who even had some Rookie of the Year buzz going heading into the season, his first month of the 2024 season was disappointing for a lot of fans who figured that he and Evan Carter could be instrumental pieces in getting the Rangers back the World Series again.

But he quickly got things going again in June, even after only hitting .200 in his rehab assignment. He had a seven-game on-base streak going from the 17th through the 24th, and he'd almost doubled his RBI total from April going into Sunday's game. He was getting back to showing some real signs that he could turn into a great staple of Texas' lineup for the foreseeable future.

This Sunday cycle (also Langford's first career four-hit game) is just another sign that things are trending upward, and that April is likely to turn out as a forgettable blip.