We’ve now seen the second MLB player to hit for the cycle this year, and the second one in a month. Earlier in August, Boston Red Sox rightfielder Mookie Betts completed a cycle with a ninth-inning home run, and on Wednesday night, Milwaukee Brewers’ center fielder Christian Yelich completed a cycle with a seventh-inning triple to tie the game at 10:
That saw Yelich become the eighth Brewers player ever to hit for the cycle, and the first since George Kottaras in 2011. And he wasn’t done there, adding an infield single in the ninth for his sixth hit, making him six-for-six on the day and the first player to record six hits in a cycle game since Ian Kinsler in 2009. Here’s a look at all of his hits:
That’s a remarkable showing by Yelich, and just part of what’s been a great season for him. The 26-year-old now has 26 home runs on the year, up from his previous career high of 21, and he’s now hitting .319/.380/.563 on the year. And he was a rather vital part of the Brewers’ eventual 13-12 win in 10 innings here, which improved their record to 74-60 and kept them in the wild-card hunt.
Milwaukee is currently in wild-card position, battling with the 74-59 Cardinals and whoever doesn’t win the NL West between the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Dodgers (72-60, 72-60 and 72-61 respectively). And while the Brewers are five games back of the NL Central-leading Cubs, that’s not an insurmountable lead either. If Yelich keeps hitting the way he did Wednesday, they could be a real threat both in the run to the postseason and in the playoffs.