MLB: Cuddyer collects 2nd career cycle
DENVER — A five-run eighth inning set the stage for both team and individual accomplishments Sunday for the Colorado Rockies.
The rally gave the Colorado Rockies a 10-5 win and a doubleheader sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. It also gave Michael Cuddyer another chance to hit. As the seventh batter in the inning, Cuddyer cracked a two-run double off Manny Parra to complete the seventh cycle in franchise history.
Cuddyer became the first player in the majors to hit for the cycle this season.
It was the second time Cuddyer hit for the cycle, the other being May 22, 2009, with the Minnesota Twins against the Milwaukee Brewers. In that game, Cuddyer had three of his hits — the single, double and homer — against Parra.
Cuddyer is the third player in major league history to hit for the cycle in both leagues. Bob Watson did it with the Houston Astros in 1977 and the Boston Red Sox in 1979. John Olerud did it with the New York Mets in 1997 and the Seattle Mariners in 2001.
Cuddyer's cycle went triple, strikeout, home run, single and double. All seven Rockies cycles came at Coors Field. Cuddyer's was the first since Carlos Gonzalez accomplished the feat July 31, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs.
Sunday marked Cuddyer's first action since he was activated from the disabled list Saturday. After missing 60 games with a fractured left shoulder socket, he went 1-for-5 in Sunday's opener.
The other Rockies cycles were by Dante Bichette on June 10, 1996, against the Texas rangers; Neifi Perez on July 25, 1998, against the St. Louis Cardinals; Todd Helton on June 19, 1999, against the Florida Marlins; Mike Lansing on June 18, 2000, against the Arizona Diamondbacks; and Troy Tulowitzki on Aug. 10, 2009, against the Chicago Cubs.
Five opposing players hit for the cycle against the Rockies, all at Coors Field: St. Louis' John Mabry on May 18, 1996; Houston's Craig Biggio on April 8, 2002; the San Francisco Giants' Fred Lewis on May 13, 2007; San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval on Sept. 15, 2011; and the Mets' Scott Hairston on April 27, 2012.