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Hudson Hits For Cycle As Dodgers Roll

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13:  Orlando Hudson #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is called safe by umpire Angel Campos as he slides past third baseman Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants for a triple in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 11-1.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Jeff RuthContributor IApril 15, 2009

Many have dreamed about doing it, but very few have managed to accomplish it. It is one of those seemingly impossible things that one can only be astonished to witness in person, or even see in the highlights at night before bed.

Even the next morning when we leave the house for work or school or whatever we may be doing and the television is still on from the night before, replaying it. Most of us still can't believe it. It is the Cycle.

Easily considered the hardest thing to do in a Major League game for a hitter because of how difficult the triple is to get. But there are a select few, who for one game, play with nearly super-human abilities and actually pull it off and that's exactly what Orlando Hudson did on Monday, April 13.

Marking the Home Opener for the Dodgers, Vin Scully the Dodgers famed announcer for well over 50 years, threw out the honorable "first pitch". Who knew that Scully's pitch was only a sign of great things to come.

Hudson's first hit of the game came in the first inning with one out, and looked as if he hit the ball off of his cleat. But he still managed to beat Bengie Molina's throw to first base for a Single.

His second hit came in the third inning, this time a Homerun that just cleared the four foot wall in left field, that many would claim is a "cheapie" because of how low the wall is, plus how much closer it is to homeplate than Center Field.

The third hit, a Double came in the fourth inning. Hudson shot a laser into the gap in Left-Center which was bobbled quite a bit by Aaron Rowand and Fred Lewis, not that it mattered, Hudson's speed easily got him to second before there was even a play.

With just about everyone in Dodger Stadium thinking cycle at this point, Hudson made sure he didn't disappoint by drilling the always difficult Triple into Right Field at the warning track. Randy Winn was expecting the ball to bounce off the wall towards him, but it didn't.

It basically just rolled back towards the infield giving Hudson just enough time to secure the Triple and the Cycle. Hudson became the first Dodger to hit for the cycle at Dodger Stadium and the Ninth Dodger in history to do it. Truly a remarkable feat.

Lost in the shadows of Monday's game, was how well starter Chad Billingsley pitched. Bills scattered five hits across seven innings giving only one run while striking out a remarkable Eleven, to move his record this season to 2-0 in two starts.

Meanwhile Andre Ethier crushed two Homeruns, as it was an all around great day for the boys in blue as they beat the rival Giants 11-1.

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