Baseball Bi-Cycle; D'Backs Drew and M's Beltre Each Hit For The Cycle
Four score and eight years ago, players from the New York Giants and the Detroit Tigers performed a feat that could not be duplicated until two expansion teams did, well, yesterday.
Bobby Veach of the Detroit Tigers and George Burns of the New York Giants, no not that George Burns ("excellent"), hit for the cycle on the same day.
Not an easy feat, nabbing a single, double, triple, and home run in one baseball game. It happens, maybe twice a year.
But on September 17th, 1920, Veach and Burns did it on the same day.
It would take almost 88 years of Major League Baseball history before that feat would be repeated.
But on September 1st, 2008, Stephen Drew (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Adrian Beltre (Seattle Mariners) combined to perform the same unlikely event.
Drew and the D'Backs hosting the St. Louis Cardinals, singled in the leadoff spot against starter Joel Pinerio.
In the third he tripled off Pinerio and later scored. Already having the easiest and hardest hits to get a cycle, Drew bombed a solo home run in the fifth. He needed only the double for the cycle.
In the seventh inning, Drew hit a ground-rule double to complete the cycle, later in his final at-bat in the eighth he hit another double.
One time zone away the Seattle Mariners were playing in hitter friendly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
M's third baseman Beltre started his night off with a solo home run in the second off of Rangers' starter Matt Harrison.
In the fourth inning, Beltre added an RBI single.
In the sixth inning he singled again, but in the seventh Beltre doubled to deep left field, leaving himself the hardest hit needed to complete the cycle, the triple.
But in the eighth inning, off of Rangers meatball pitcher Josh Rupe, Beltre smacked a line drive to right-center field, the deepest part of the ballpark. Not even the throw coming in from Josh Hamilton would deny Beltre his cycle as he slid safely into third.
The most impressive part of Beltre's cycle was that his triple in the 8th, was his first triple of the season...good timing.
Stephen Drew, ARZ - 5-for-5, HR (16), 3B (10), 2 2Bs (36), 3 runs, 1 RBI
Adrian Beltre, SEA - 5-for-6, HR (24), 3B (1), 2B (28), 5 runs, 3 RBI
Congrats Mr. Drew and Mr. Beltre on two magical nights, that only occur every 88 years.
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