After Mike Trout's monster rookie season in 2012, many believed it wasn't a matter of if, but when he would achieve some of baseball's most distinguished feats. Like, for instance, hitting for the cycle.
Trout can check that off his to-do list after Tuesday night's Los Angeles Angels game. All told, he was 4-for-5 with two runs, five RBIs and a stolen base. His at-bats went like this: strikeout in the first inning, single in the third, triple in the fourth, double in the sixth and in the eighth inning — with everyone watching to see if he could do it — a home run to complete the cycle.
A few notes of historical context:
• Other younger-than-22 cycle-hitters: Cesar Cedeno (1972), Arky Vaughan (1933) and Alex Rodriguez (1997).
• Trout is the first hitter this season to hit for the cycle.
• He's the sixth Angel overall to do it, and first since Chone Figgins in 2006.
But for the Angels, who have performed far below expectations thus far, Trout's cycle is a good opportunity to get excited. The team has won three straight games and is now a game a half behind the Mariners for third place in AL West.
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