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Adrian Beltre Hits for the Cycle in Rare Bright Spot for Mariners

Braden MooreAnalyst ISeptember 2, 2008

Adrian Beltre became the fourth Mariner of all-time to hit for the cycle on Monday. The last player to do so was John Olerued in 2001.

Beltre started off his night going 5-for-5 before grounding out in his final at-bat. On Labor Day, Beltre said his bat was dragging and he had nothing else to give.

Beltre also claimed that he had no idea about the historic feat in the dugout until after it was over. He said that his teammates were afraid of talking to him about it, and risk jinxing the whole situation.

In addition to Beltre, Arizona's Stephen Drew also hit for the cycle on the same day. This was the first time since 1920 that two players hit for the cycle on the same day.

Most importantly, the cycle helped propel the Mariners to the victory, which also happened to be their fifth straight.

Adrian Beltre came over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005. While he has been solid, he has not quite lived up to expectations. There has been speculation of him being traded to another club recently with his five-year contract beginning to wind down.

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