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George Kottaras first to hit for the cycle this season

Sep 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

George Kottaras AP

Brewers backup catcher George Kottaras wrote his name into baseball’s history books during Saturday’s 8-2 victory over the Astros, becoming the first major leaguer of the 2011 season to hit for the cycle.

Kottaras flew out to left field in his first at-bat, then rattled off four consecutive hits. He deposited a solo home run into the right field seats in the fourth inning, hit a triple to deep center field in the sixth, laced a single to right field in the seventh and finished the night with a ninth-inning ground rule double.

It was the first big league cycle since Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez accomplished the feat back in August of 2010, and only the eighth cycle in the history of the Brewers franchise.

Kottaras raised his batting average from .241 to .273 and his OPS from .707 to .823 with the one-night effort. His Brewers have increased their lead in the National League Central standings to 8 1/2 games.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 4, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Did I mention that he is from Toronto?

    • missthemexpos - Sep 4, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      Good Day PC, I am not seeing much love for Canada today, eh?

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        We can afford to be smug knowing that we have a stronger economy, lower unemployment, a better housing market, strong banks, a stronger currency and a stable government.

  2. flaviusflav - Sep 4, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    It doesn’t count, but Sam Fuld had a 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR game earlier this season.

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