Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill became the fifth player in the club’s history to hit for the cycle on Monday during his team’s 7-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
For those of you in the dark, hitting for the cycle involves a batter getting a single, double, triple and home run – all in the same game.
Hill started the game off hot – with a single in the first inning off Hector Noesi (2-8), then added a triple in the third and a double off the Mariners starter in the fifth.
Just a home run shy of completing the task in the seventh inning of the game, Hill took Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley deep with a solo shot.
“You just have to take a deep breath,” Hill said in a post game interview of his accomplishment. “It’s something you can easily get excited about and try to do a little too much. It’s something where, you’ve been here before, just get up there, see some pitches and put a good swing on it.”
With his cycle, Hill joined the likes of Stephen Drew, Greg Colbrunn, Kelly Johnson and Luis Gonzalez — all who had accomplished the feat in the past. The Boston Herald also notes that Aaron Hill became the first player in 11 years to hit for the cycle against the Mariners.
“Good player, I have seen it for a long time. A powerful player. He gives himself a chance,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said after the game. “It looks like he is seeing the ball. If you make a mistake like we did tonight, he is going to make you pay for it.”
USA Today reports Hill was just a homerun shy of batting for the cycle earlier this month but squandered the opportunity by striking out with two runners on.
On the season, Hill is hitting .284 with 28 RBIs and 8 HRs.
Check out Aaaron Hill’s cycle-completing HR against the Mariners in the video below: