The shortstop tripled for the Double-A Mississippi Braves in the eighth inning of their 14-7 win over the Jackson Generals.
"I was just trying to hit ball hard and see what happens," Pastornicky said. "I knew in the back of my mind if I put ball in the gap, I would have to try to stretch it."
Pastornicky drove a ball into the right-center field gap for the first cycle in Mississippi Braves history.
"As soon as I hit it, I knew it probably wasn't going to get caught," he said. "I put my head down and ran until I stopped at third. I was going to try to make them throw me out. It's pretty rare — if I had a chance to do it, I was going to take it."
A fifth-round selection in the 2008 Draft, Pastornicky came to the Braves with Alex Gonzalez and Tim Collins by way of the July 14, 2010, deal that sent Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes to the Toronto Blue Jays. He is hitting .298 this year with six home runs, 36 RBI and 19 stolen bases.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Mississippi Braves, MLB, Tyler Pastornicky