Wil Myers becomes second Padres player to hit for the cycle
It’s only April, but the San Diego Padres may have just experienced the highlight of their 2017 season. In Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, first baseman Wil Myers became the first player to hit for the cycle this season.
Cycle for @wilmyers! A triple to left field completes the feat, making him the 2nd Padre to hit for the cycle ???? pic.twitter.com/hzJkKyOAXn
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 11, 2017
Like so many players before him, Myers’ feat hinged on the ability to leg out a triple. In his first three at-bats, Myers singled, doubled and hit a home run. He stepped to the plate in the eighth inning 3-for-3, with the elusive triple the only thing standing between him and history.
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But where many normally fail, Myers came through. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Myers smacked an 87 mph slider from Carlos Estevez to left center. The ball was unplayable for left fielder Gerardo Parra, and rolled all the way to the wall. Myers must have known what was at stake, because he was hustling hard from the moment he hit the ball.
Myers raced around first, nearly stumbled while rounding second and made it into third standing up. Though relay man Trevor Story bobbled the throw from Parra, it didn’t really matter. It looked like Myers would have easily made it to third on the hit even with a perfect strike to Story.
With the feat, Myers becomes the second player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. He joins Matt Kemp, who hit the first cycle in franchise history against … drum roll, please … the Rockies!
The hit made Myers a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, with two runs scored and two RBI during the team’s 5-3 win.
The Padres may be rebuilding, but their one constant for the next couple years will be Myers. The team signed the-26-year-old to a six-year, $83 million extension in the offseason, making him the face of the franchise.
It may have only been one game, but he lived up to that billing Monday. Little is expected of the Padres this year, but Myers managed to give fans at least one memory of 2017 they’ll never forget.
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