Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks hit for the cycle against the Mariners on June 18th. Pretty cool achievement, but nothing otherworldly. Tonight, just 11 days later, Hill hit for the cycle AGAIN, this time against the Milwaukee Brewers. Hill started his cycle with a first inning ground-rule double, and continued it with a single in the third. He hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and completed his cycle in the sixth inning with an RBI triple. The first three hits came off of Brewers starter Randy Wolf, while the fourth came against Livan Hernandez.
Now, let's take a look at things from a historical standpoint. Hill's second cycle puts him just one back of the all-time high of three, which was accomplished by John Reilly, Bob Meusel, and Babe Herman. Herman was the last player to hit three cycles, and his third one came in 1933. Hill is the only player to have the last two cycles in the league since Reilly's two cycles in one week back in September of 1883. The last player to have two cycles in his career was Brad Wilkerson, who hit one in 2003 for the Expos and one in 2005 for the Nationals.
One other note. There are two active teams who haven't had a player hit for the cycle...the Florida/Miami Marlins, and the San Diego Padres...who are also the only team in the league that hasn't thrown a no-hitteer. Oh, San Diego...
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