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Aaron Hill hits for cycle in win over Mariners

Jun 19, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

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Aaron Hill hit for the cycle tonight in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win over the Mariners.

Hill singled in the first inning, tripled in the third, doubled in the fifth and socked a solo home run in the seventh to complete the feat. He’s the second player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Mets’ outfielder Scott Hairston.

It was the fifth cycle in Diamondbacks’ history and the first since Kelly Johnson on July 23, 2010. Of course, Hill and Johnson were traded for each other last August.

On the strength of his 4-for-4 night at the plate, Hill is now hitting .284/.352/.475 with eight home runs, 28 RBI, six stolen bases and an .827 OPS through 64 games this season.

  1. chill1184 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Congrats to Hill

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I’ve never quite understood the apparent reverence for the cycle. It is indeed an amusing variety pack, but it seems to me that a double is always better than a single, a homer is always better than a triple, so 2 homers and 2 doubles would obviously be a better performance and accomplishment than a cycle. But I’m openminded, so can someone explain how a cycle is a better performance than say, 3 homers and a double? If Billy Batter already has his homer, triple and double, should he stop at first after hitting a gapper because the cycle is such a great accomplishment?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      It’s not necessarily seen as a “better” accomplishment, just a rarer one.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:59 AM

        I totally get that a cycle is unusual, but I’m positive he got a much bigger cheer than he would have if his single had instead been a double, and that just seems odd to me. Sorry.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:23 AM

        Of course it got a bigger cheer. Those fans saw something the vast majority of fans haven’t.

      • panealvino - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:36 AM

        I agree with this.

        I also think there’s an aspect to it that, oftentimes, a hitter is locked in in a specific way: he’s swinging hard and so he hits it out of the park; he’s hitting the corners of the OF or off the wall, so he’s likely to get doubles or triples; he slapping the ball effectively and ends up with a bunch of singles.

        Hitting for the cycle is harder than that because it means the guy is just locked in in general … maybe it’s a little like a hoops player who is hitting the 3-pointer, jumping over people to dunk, perfect from the free throw line, and also dishing out assists (I realize that’s an imperfect parallel, but I think that basketball player is more locked in that a guy who’s “only” unconscious from three-point range or who can’t miss a free throw, etc.)

    • bjbeliever - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      Clown question bro

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:02 AM

        bj, a sincerely asked question is never a clown question. Please don’t become a teacher. And while all humans are cousins (however distant), you aren’t my bro, dude.

      • txnative61 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:01 AM

        Agreed, the only “clown question” is the one left unasked. As to placing a higher value on rarity, perhaps a simple example serves best. Say one has two stamps. The 10 cent stamp is a perfectly preserved one of Millions of identical stamps, while the 1 cent stamp is worst condition of only three, but the only one offered for sale. On which is the most value placed, given the face value of 10 cents is obviously greater?

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Congratulations to Hill. He had become stale in Toronto and the trade seemed to help both him and Johnson. It was a good trade for both teams and both players. Both Hill and Johnson resigned with the team that traded for him.

  4. redguy12588 - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    ATH BY COMMITTEE DAY 2

    The Pirates were off today and traveling back to Pittsburgh to take on the Twins in a 3 game series. The good pitching has faltered lately, but have been p

  5. redguy12588 - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    ATH BY COMMITTEE DAY 2

    The Pirates were off today and traveling back to Pittsburgh to take on the Twins in a 3 game series. The good pitching has faltered lately, but have been picked up by a surprising offense that ranks 4th in the NL in the last month. Most recently leading this charge is Pedro Alvarez, who hit 4 homers in the last 2 games and whose hot/cold streaks are becoming legendary in Pittsburgh.

  6. purplekoolaid1 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    What an absolutely embarrassing question.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Congratulations to Aaron Hill!

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