Brewers star outfielder Christian Yelich has a knack for hitting for the cycle against the Cincinnati Reds.
On Wednesday afternoon, against the Reds, he hit for the cycle for the third time in his career. He doubled in the first inning, homered in the third, singled in the fifth, and then tripled in the ninth. All three of his cycles have now come against Reds pitching.
Yelich’s latest cycle became the 10th to occur in franchise history. Other Brewers to hit for the cycle include: George Kottaras, Jody Gerut, Chad Moeller, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Charlie Moore, and Mike Hegan. Yelich is the only Brewers player to hit for the cycle on multiple occasions.
Across the major league record books, Yelich became just the sixth player to hit for the cycle three times since 1901.
There also was some history that was made with the Brewers slugger’s latest cycle. Christian Yelich became the first player to hit for the cycle three times all against the same opponent.
Prior to the 2022 season, Yelich’s previous two cycles came during the 2018 season in late August and mid-September. The Brewers won the matchup on August 29, 2018 at Great American Ballpark by a score of 13-12 and they also won on September 17, 2018 in Miller park via an 8-0 shutout. Wednesday’s 14-11 loss in Cincinnati marked the first time the Brewers lost when they had a player hit for the cycle.
Despite the loss, Christian Yelich is off to a very promising start to the 2022 season and is starting to look more like his old self. His current .259/.356/.382/.838 slash line isn’t along the same lines as his 2018-2019 seasons, but he is among the league leaders this year in barreling up the baseball and hitting it hard. Plus, it’s a whole lot better than the past two seasons.
Hopefully Yelich can continue to put together good at bats, make hard contact, and have days like Wednesday afternoon, so that his stat line becomes more aesthetically pleasing. Expectations for Yelich have always been high and his start to this season may be the best we have seen him play in quite some time.
Being division opponents, the Brewers and Reds do have 10 more games against one another this season, so the opportunity is there for Yelich to hit for the cycle a fourth time against them!