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Brandon Michael Barnes

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Brandon Barnes became the starting centerfielder and lead-off hitter of the Houston Astros in 2013, after making his debut late in the 2012 season. He first drew attention for some outstanding catches at Minute Maid Park and its vast outfield expanse, but on July 19th, he made his bat do the talking as he became the 8th player in Astros history to hit for the cycle in a game against the Seattle Mariners. He hit a solo home run to center field off Joe Saunders in the 2nd, then followed with a triple in the 4th. He singled in the 6th then lined a double down the right-field line in the 8th, beating RF Michael Saunders' throw to second by a whisker. He then added an infield single in the 9th to finish 5 for 5, but alas the Astros lost the game, 10-7. His 4th-inning triple was his only one that year. He ended the season at .240/.289/.346 in 136 games. On December 3rd, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies along with P Jordan Lyles, in return for a player to be named later and OF Dexter Fowler, a very similar player, but with a better track record of hitting and getting on base.

On June 14, 2014, Barnes stunned the San Francisco Giants with a two-out, two-run inside-the-park homer off closer Sergio Romo to give the Rockies a 5-4 win. It was his second homer of the year, and both had been of the inside-the-park variety, as he had also pulled the trick off Brad Ziegler of the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 5th.

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