Philadelphia falls despite Realmuto’s cycling heat

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.

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