Brewers' Christian Yelich becomes first MLB player to hit for cycle three times against same opponent

Wed, May 11, 2022
MLB News (AP)

Brewers' Christian Yelich becomes first MLB player to hit for cycle three times against same opponent

The last-place Cincinnati Reds battered the first-place Milwaukee Brewers for 28 runs in three games in taking the series that concluded on Wednesday. In that series finale -- a 14-11 win for the host Reds -- Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich provided a bit of consolation for his team by hitting for the cycle.'

Yelich, who ended up going 4 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored on the day, hit a ground-rule double in the first; homered in the third; and singled in the fifth. Then in the ninth, Yelich tripled to complete the cycle:'

That third career cycle ties him for the all-time lead with John Reilly, Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, Adrian Beltre, and Trea Turner. Yelich, however, has the distinction of having all three of his record-tying three cycles come against the Reds (he previously cycled against Cincy in August of 2019 and then in September of that same year). Those prior two, however, came in a winning effort.'

Yelich, 30, came into this game with a somewhat disappointing slash line of .234/.339/.411 for the season, but now those numbers are up to .259/.356/.482. Yelich in recent years has failed to match the peak of 2017-18 -- the peak that led to his $215 million extension with Milwaukee -- but on Wednesday he provided a small reminder of his MVP ceiling at the plate.'

The Brewers maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Reds, meantime, have won four of their last six after starting the season with a 3-22 mark.'

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