J.T. Realmuto (Philadelphia Phillies) couldn’t laugh at his team’s loss after becoming the first catcher to hit for the cycle in 12 years.
Realmuto went 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored while starting in the No. 5 spot in the lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., on Wednesday (Aug. 13).
His four hits included a single, a double, a triple, and a home run.
It was the ninth cycling hit by a Philadelphia player in franchise history and the first in 19 years since David Bell in 2004.
At the same time, it is the first time in 12 years that a catcher has accomplished a cycling hit since George Kottaras of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011.
Realmuto started with a cannon from his first at-bat.
Trailing 0-1 in the second inning, he led off with a solo arch over the right-center field fence. In the third inning, with runners on first and second and the score tied 1-1, he blasted a two-run triple off the center field fence. Two batters later in the fifth inning to tie the game at 5-5, he added a single to left before drawing a walk in the seventh.
Just one hit shy of a cycle, Realmuto led off the ninth inning with a double to right-center field with his team trailing 7-9.메이저놀이터
Despite Realmuto’s cycling hit, the Phillies fell 8-9.
After starter Matt Stram was pulled for three runs in 2⅔ innings, Yunior Marte (two runs in 1⅓ innings), Dylan Covey (two runs in 1⅓ innings), and Andrew Vasquez (two runs in 1⅔ innings) gave Arizona the win.