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Michael Cuddyer hits for the cycle

Aug 18, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

Michael Cuddyer AP

As if things couldn’t get any better for the Rockies after their walk-off win in the first game of Sunday’s double-header against the Reds, 1B/OF Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle in game two. The 35-year-old veteran tripled and was stranded in the first inning, hit a solo home run in the sixth, and singled and was stranded in the seventh.

In the eighth, needing a double for the cycle, Cuddyer ripped a Manny Parra offering down the left field line, scoring two runs on a double. Cuddyer would later score the Rockies’ 10th run of the evening.

Cuddyer is the first player to hit for the cycle this season. The last player to do it was Alex Rios on September 23 last season. The last Rockie to accomplish the feat was Carlos Gonzalez on July 31, 2010. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Cuddyer has hit for the cycle. He did it previously on May 22, 2009 as a member of the Twins.

Cuddyer was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday after healing up from a broken left shoulder socket. With Sunday’s performance, he now has six home runs, 19 RBI, and a .331/.376/.546 slash line.

  1. Caught Looking - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Isn’t this his second time he’s cycled?

    • doctortyler - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      I think he did back in 2009 with the Twins, yes.

  2. roanboon - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Great performance by Cuddyer! Still don’t understand why hitting for the cycle matters, however. If he had hit two home runs and two doubles he wouldn’t have made headline news, even though two hr and two 2b would constitute more total bases than the cycle.

    • Hard On For Harden - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      I believe hitting for the cycle is more difficult given the unique skillset required to accomplish the feat (think a power guy traditionally slower fighting for a triple or the speedy lead off line drive hitter who rarely hits it out of the park). Either way, a 2 HR, 2 2B performance is always newsworthy.

    • richardmzhlubb - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      The attention granted to players who hit for the cycle is one of my biggest pet peeves about baseball. It’s making a big deal about a statistically anomalous, but offensively suboptimal performance. As you noted, a 2 HR/2 2B game is more valuable, but gets about 1/10 the attention of a cycle. The worst example was a few years ago when someone (I can’t remember who it was) came up needing only a single for the cycle and ended up with another double. The announcer treated it like the guy had struck out.

  3. mungman69 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    HEY! Don’t you people read the article? It is written that he had hit for the cycle in 2009?

    To the third person I believe that hitting for the cycle is far more difficult than hitting two (2) doubles and two (2) home runs in the same game, I guess.

  4. phillysports1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Lol ^

  5. skipbaylesslovesmen - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Sure 2hr and 2 two baggers is a great night. Any four hit game is a great day at the plate.

    But hitting the cycle is exactly the quirky thing that makes baseball unique and cool. It’s like the unassisted triple play and the inside the park home run. It’s just a fun thing. And statistically it’s rarer than a no hitter.

    So for the all the people hating on it go watch soccer. It happened it’s awesome that’s it. No one is saying Cuddyer is a better player for doing it.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      Thought about the thumbs up. You started off rational, but then seemed to get angry for some reason. Then, I noticed your screenname is a little homophobic, so couldn’t go thumbs up. For anyone still in the dark, calling someone gay and implying that it is an insult (which your screen name implies) is homophobic. Though I am sure I will now get plenty of thumbs down from the close minded types.

      • dsaverno - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        yeah, and besides, Mr. Bayless should always be compared to the orifice most often kept covered. I think it’s in his contract.

    • bolweevils2 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      I’m waiting for the day someone needs a single for the cycle, hits what at first looks like a single but he ends up stretching into a hustle double. What will the reaction be?

      “Wow, that could have been great but he ruined it by getting an even better hit than a single, so it’s not as impressive.”

  6. bbk1000 - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    I’m thinking hitting in Colorado is a larger advantage than using PED’s…..

    • govtminion - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Yeah, it seems to be a huge advantage for them right now.

      …You all can’t see me through your screens, but I’m pointing at the standings. You know where to find them.

      • bbk1000 - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Never mentioned the standings……

        If you need proof please look up Vinny Castilla……

  7. miguelcairo - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Obviously less AB’s than last year, but he’s hit .330 in successive seasons.

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