Padres' Jake Cronenworth Hits for 3rd Cycle in Franchise History vs. Nationals

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJuly 17, 2021

San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth celebrates in the dugout after his home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass

San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth hit for the third cycle in franchise history on Friday evening against the Washington Nationals, and he accomplished the feat before the sixth inning was over.

A two-RBI double in the second inning, an RBI triple in the third, a fifth-inning solo home run and a sixth-inning single got the job done.

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Jake Take Over, The Breaks Over <a href="https://t.co/h3WpywcDVX">pic.twitter.com/h3WpywcDVX</a>

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Brought the All-Star Rake to Washington.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HungryForMore?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HungryForMore</a> <a href="https://t.co/i686maqcJ9">pic.twitter.com/i686maqcJ9</a>

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No longer underrated.<br><br>Jake Cronenworth is ELITE. <a href="https://t.co/wuwqHiNGN7">pic.twitter.com/wuwqHiNGN7</a>

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As if being an All-Star wasn't enough...<br><br>Jake Cronenworth has the third cycle in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Padres?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Padres</a> history! <a href="https://t.co/W9VDe9ijtA">pic.twitter.com/W9VDe9ijtA</a>

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Matt Kemp (2015) and Wil Myers (2017) had the other two Padres cycles. Myers, who is still on the Padres, hit two home runs on Friday.

Cronenworth also joined some Hall of Fame company, per the Elias Sports Bureau:

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According to <a href="https://twitter.com/EliasSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EliasSports</a>, Jake Cronenworth is the 3rd player to appear in an All-Star Game and then hit for the cycle in their 1st game after the All-Star break, joining Joe DiMaggio (1937) and Brooks Robinson (1960). <a href="https://t.co/fRm5cqerdG">pic.twitter.com/fRm5cqerdG</a>

By the time the top half of the sixth inning was over, the Padres led 19-4, and Cronenworth had gone 4-for-5 with four RBI.

The 27-year-old Cronenworth entered Friday hitting .276 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI. The second-year MLB player made his first All-Star Game this season after finishing as the runner-up in the National League Rookie of the Year race the year before.