Chad Moeller entered Tuesday’s game in a slump, but he broke out of it in a big way.
After becoming the first Milwaukee player to hit for the cycle in 13 years, Moeller looks to stay hot at the plate as the Brewers conclude their two-game series with the visiting Cincinnati Reds.
Moeller, Milwaukee’s regular catcher, homered in the second inning, doubled in the fourth, tripled in the fifth and singled in the seventh in the Brewers’ 9-8 win on Tuesday.
“I really do feel under the weather,” said Moeller, who has been fighting muscle aches and chills the past few days. “My whole focus today was really just getting through nine innings behind the plate somehow, some way. It probably just helped me out because I didn’t think about anything except just three more outs, or six more outs.”
Moeller, who entered the night in a 3-for-24 slump, became the first Brewer to hit for the cycle since Paul Molitor did so on May 15, 1991. Molitor will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer.
Moeller, who was obtained last offseason in the trade that sent Richie Sexson to Arizona, is the first Brewer to hit for the cycle at home and fifth player in team history to accomplish the feat. He is also the first major league catcher to pull it off since Pittsburgh’s Jason Kendall on May 19, 2000, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Hall of Famer Robin Yount, Charlie Moore and Mike Hegan are the other Brewers to hit for the cycle.
“It’s pretty darn cool to be in that company,” Moeller said. “They are some of the best that have ever played the game.
“I am nowhere even in the ZIP code of being with those guys. But with this one little silly stat I am.”
Pinch-hitter Bill Hall hit a game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning for the Brewers, who won for the fifth time in seven games.
“That would have been really disappointing, to have a good day but all you remember is how the day finishes,” Moeller said.
The Reds will look to do a better job defensively on Wednesday after committing five errors on Tuesday.