Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich made Major League history during Monday night’s 8-0 win in which he hit for his second cycle of the season.
Christin Yelich now joins Arizona Diamondback Aaron Hill (2012) and Brooklyn Dodger Babe Herman (1931) as the only players in Major League seasons to hit for the cycle twice in a season. Yelich is additionally the first player in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history to hit for the cycle twice in a career (let alone one season).
Yelich became the first player in Major League history to ever hit for the cycle twice in a season against the same team (Cincinnati Reds).
Following Yelich’s historic night, 25 players in Major League history have hit for multiple cycles in their big league careers, and only three have done it three times: Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, and Adrian Beltre. Yelich became the third current big leaguer with multiple career cycles, joining Beltre who has three and Carlos Gomez who has two.
In Yelich’s first cycle this season, he went 6 for 6 in a 13-12 victory in 10 innings against the Cincinnati Reds.
Yelich singled in the first inning, doubled in the third, hit a two-run home run in the fifth and then lined a pitch from Jesus Reyes to the right-center-field gap in Milwaukee’s four-run sixth inning to complete the feat as the Brewers added on to compile an 8-0 lead. It was obvious that Yelich was thinking cycle all the way as Yelich slid into third without a throw after the Reds attempted to make a play at the plate.
Fred Clarke is the only other player in history to ever hit for the cycle twice against the same team in his career, doing so, coincidentally, against the Cincinnati Reds in 1901 and 1903.
Christian Yelich has had a breakout season in 2018 with his new team, hitting .318 with 31 home runs, 93 runs batted in, and a .385 on-base percentage. The Brewers currently own the National League’s first Wild Card spot and are preparing for a long-awaited Postseason run.