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Christian Yelich makes baseball history with second cycle of season

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich on Monday night became the first player in major league history to hit for the cycle against the same team twice in one season.

Yelich, who hit for the cycle against the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 30, accomplished the rare feat again less than three weeks later. He’s just the fifth player ever to hit for multiple cycles in the same season.

“There’s been so many great players to play this game,’’ said Yelich, acquired in an offseason trade with Miami. “It just shows how freaky, I guess, that is. A lot of luck goes into that. It’s hard enough to get four hits in a Major League Baseball game, yet alone have them all be the right ones and the right sequence.’‘

QLE Posted: September 18, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Master of the Horse Posted: September 18, 2018 at 10:55 AM (#5746384)
Yelich against the Reds this season: .500/556/1.104

7 homers 12 runs scored and 17 rbi. 1/6th of his total bases have been against the Reds.
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 18, 2018 at 10:57 AM (#5746388)
He was a triple short of the cycle, and then he hit a triple. That is the amazing part.
   3. Master of the Horse Posted: September 18, 2018 at 10:59 AM (#5746391)
2, he was at third base before Granderson scored so not because they threw to the plate late and he might have been out at third.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:04 AM (#5746402)
Despite the lack of triples these days, two players this decade have hit two cycles in a season. Christian Yelich and, of all people, Aaron Hill. It happened ONCE in the 20th century.
   5. Spahn Insane Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:06 AM (#5746404)
He was a triple short of the cycle, and then he hit a triple. That is the amazing part.

I saw Jason Kendall do that against the Cards at Three Rivers Stadium. The triple was his last hit, and it was beautiful--rocket to the right center field gap that you immediately knew he'd be thinking three bases on.
   6. Sunday silence Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:52 AM (#5746463)
what does he mean "the right sequence"? there's no special award for doing it in the correct order is there?
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 18, 2018 at 12:39 PM (#5746520)
It's still tragic that Tino Martinez hit a solo HR, a two-run HR and a three-run HR in his first three at-bats of this game, and then proceeded to come up to bat TWICE more with the bases loaded... but no.
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 18, 2018 at 01:35 PM (#5746599)
I think about that Tino game from time to time. That HR cycle was gift wrapped for him.
   9. Rally Posted: September 18, 2018 at 01:41 PM (#5746607)
what does he mean "the right sequence"? there's no special award for doing it in the correct order is there?


I hereby declare that hitting a homerun, then triple, double, and single shall be known as the countdown cycle.
   10. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: September 18, 2018 at 01:54 PM (#5746619)

He was a triple short of the cycle, and then he hit a triple. That is the amazing part.


I like David Ortiz's almost cycle game in 2016. Had the HR, 1B, and 2B, and proceeded to line the ball to the center triangle, basically the only way he would ever get a triple, only for the ball to bounce once on the track and then just kick to the right a foot too much and go into the stands for a 2B.
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 18, 2018 at 02:14 PM (#5746635)
Mike Blowers needed a triple in the eighth inning to complete his cycle in 1998, and got it. He hit two in 455 PA that year, and eight in 2585 PA in his career.

"When I came around first, and I saw where the ball was, and I thought I was going to make it as long as I didn't fall down," said Blowers, who hit a liner into the right-field corner.

"I didn't think cycle until I was running to first base and I saw the ball slicing into the corner. I wasn't going to stop even if he cut that ball off. I was going to give it a shot. I don't hit too many triples, so the cycle part of it didn't even enter my mind."



Blowers is now the color guy on the Mariners' TV broadcasts, and whenever the subject of the cycle comes up, he says that his teammates had no idea he was going for a cycle. They couldn't understand why he was celebrating so much at third base considering the score (they won 14-0).
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 18, 2018 at 02:15 PM (#5746636)
David Ortiz hitting 19 career triples is the equivalent of David Ortiz hitting 19 career triples.
   13. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 18, 2018 at 02:18 PM (#5746639)
what does he mean "the right sequence"? there's no special award for doing it in the correct order is there?

I've heard 1B-2B-3B-then HR called "the natural cycle"

(or maybe I just made that up, I don't remember)
   14. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 18, 2018 at 02:23 PM (#5746646)
I hereby declare that hitting a homerun, then triple, double, and single shall be known as the countdown cycle.
The Unholy Grail is the Disaster Cycle: thrown out at second trying for a double, thrown out at third trying for a triple, thrown out at home trying for an inside-the-parker, meaningless solo home run in the ninth. Feel free to substitute "getting called out for passing another runner" for any "thrown out at X".

As for non-cycles, I always think of this game. Strawberry was a single short of the cycle and ran through Bud Harrelson's stop sign at first to get his second double with the team up 20-9 in the 8th. I think I admire Strawberry for this.
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: September 18, 2018 at 03:11 PM (#5746712)

Despite the lack of triples these days, two players this decade have hit two cycles in a season. Christian Yelich and, of all people, Aaron Hill. It happened ONCE in the 20th century.


By Babe Herman, the greatest Babe to ever live.
   16. SandyRiver Posted: September 18, 2018 at 03:43 PM (#5746745)
If Papi's "almost" cycle came late in that season, after his lower legs/feet really began to fail him, he might've needed some weird bounces to reach 3rd even if the ball stayed on the field.

I've seen "organic cycle" used for the 1-2-3-4.

Andrew benintendi had two single-triple-homer games in a week's time this season, in the most doubles-friendly park in MLB.

Babe Herman - probably the only guy to double into a double play.
   17. Batman Posted: September 18, 2018 at 04:11 PM (#5746784)
Wikipedia says John Reilly hit for the cycle twice in a week in 1883 and added a third in 1890. Reilly, Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, and, of course, Adrian Beltre are the only players with three career cycles.
   18. flournoy Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:46 AM (#5747156)
The Unholy Grail is the Disaster Cycle: thrown out at second trying for a double, thrown out at third trying for a triple, thrown out at home trying for an inside-the-parker, meaningless solo home run in the ninth.


Nope. This belongs to Ron Wright. One career game, three plate appearances: Strikeout, grounded into double play, grounded into triple play.
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2018 at 03:48 AM (#5747161)
Christian Yelich on Monday night became the first player in major league history to hit for the cycle against the same team twice in one season.

Otherwise known as hitting for the bicycle.
   20. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 19, 2018 at 08:29 AM (#5747175)
I'm sure it's happened many times but I always remember this game when Kenny Lofton grounded out to all five infield positions (including pitcher).
   21. Endless Trash Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:56 AM (#5747282)


Nope. This belongs to Ron Wright. One career game, three plate appearances: Strikeout, grounded into double play, grounded into triple play.



That is amazing.

You know, he's only credited with one gdp. It never occurred to me that grounding into a triple play doesn't count as a gdp.
   22. manchestermets Posted: September 19, 2018 at 11:10 AM (#5747302)
The Unholy Grail is the Disaster Cycle: thrown out at second trying for a double, thrown out at third trying for a triple, thrown out at home trying for an inside-the-parker, meaningless solo home run in the ninth.


That feels like it should also include a 9-3 groundout.
   23. Batman Posted: September 19, 2018 at 02:04 PM (#5747483)
The fourth time Ron Wright's spot came up in the game, there was one out and runners on first and third. Seattle pinch hit for him with Mark McLemore, who extended the rally by striking out. The two runners that Wright didn't get to erase scored later that inning, and the Mariners won by two.
   24. Karl from NY Posted: September 19, 2018 at 02:31 PM (#5747514)
As for non-cycles, I always think of this game. Strawberry was a single short of the cycle and ran through Bud Harrelson's stop sign at first to get his second double with the team up 20-9 in the 8th. I think I admire Strawberry for this.

OMG, I remember that game. Nine-year-old me was just learning baseball and that was the first or second time I tried scoring a game on TV. My paper became an unusable mess in the sixth inning if not before. I was actually disappointed when the Mets scored 24 once this year so that game was no longer the franchise record.
   25. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 03:57 PM (#5747600)

John Olerud, who only hit 13 triples in his 2,234-game career, actually hit for the cycle twice. He's one of three players to hit for the cycle in both leagues -- the others being Michael Cuddyer and Bob Watson.

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