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Bulls' Boldt surprised by first three-homer game

Rays outfield prospect finishes career night with four hits, five RBIs
@Steph_Sheehan
April 28, 2022

Ryan Boldt hadn't hit a home run since Sept. 12, 2021. That all changed with a vengeance Thursday night. Donning a slick throwback jersey for Triple-A Durham, the left fielder hit the trifecta in a 4-for-4, five-RBI performance en route to the Bulls' 8-2 win over Memphis at the Durham

Ryan Boldt hadn't hit a home run since Sept. 12, 2021. That all changed with a vengeance Thursday night.

Donning a slick throwback jersey for Triple-A Durham, the left fielder hit the trifecta in a 4-for-4, five-RBI performance en route to the Bulls' 8-2 win over Memphis at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Boldt showed off his skills by smacking each homer to a different field -- right, left and center.

“It’s something I’ve never done in my life, so it’s pretty cool,” he said. “After I hit that third one, I was standing in the outfield and kind of smiling at myself and thinking like, ‘That’s unbelievable.’ I’ve never had anything like that in my life, and I’ve played baseball for a long time.”

Memphis jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but after that, it was all Durham. Boldt’s night started with an RBI single on a grounder to left to get the Bulls on the board, and he put his team in the lead with his first long ball of the night in the third. Tampa Bay's No. 22 prospect Jonathan Aranda singled with two outs, and Boldt smacked the very next pitch over the wall in right to make it 3-2.

After No. 4 prospect Vidal Bruján roped a two-run double and Aranda singled for a 6-2 lead, the rest of the night belonged to Boldt. He cranked a 2-2 pitch to left for his second homer and put the icing on the cake in his final at-bat with a solo shot to center.

The 27-year-old said he wasn’t particularly trying to hit a third long ball.

“There was a lefty that came in [Kyle Ryan] and I’d been struggling against lefties coming into that. I was looking for a heater and I got one,” Boldt said. “I was seeing the ball well throughout the game … I put another barrel on it and it squeaked out.”

While the moment was sinking in for Boldt, his teammates' excitement got him even more pumped up about his accomplishment. But perhaps the happiest person of the night wasn’t a player – it was the fan who went home with a special souvenir.

“I was actually able to sign the ball for the kid who caught my second home run ball,” Boldt said. “After the game he was by the dugout and was like, ‘Hey, I caught your second ball, you want to sign it for me?’ I was like ‘Yeah, I’d love to.’ It was pretty cool.”

With his first four-hit game since June 8, 2018 and first multihomer game since May 7 of that year, Boldt raised his average to .297 with 12 RBIs and six extra-base hits through his first 15 games of 2022. He expects the career night to give him a boost going forward.

“I’m definitely going to enjoy it,” Boldt said. “Kind of try and hit the reset button tomorrow, but at the same time, continue with that confidence going into the next game.”

Stephanie Sheehan is an contributor for MiLB.com.