Arizona's Aaron Hill hit for his second cycle of the season Friday in a 9-3 win over Milwaukee, becoming the second major-league player...
MILWAUKEE — Arizona’s Aaron Hill hit for his second cycle of the season Friday in a 9-3 win over Milwaukee, becoming the second major-league player since 1900 to accomplish the feat twice in the same year.
The Diamondbacks second baseman also singled, doubled, tripled and homered on June 18 against the Mariners.
Brooklyn’s Babe Herman had two cycles in 1931, according to STATS LLC.
Hill seemed a bit dumbfounded by, but still happy with, his good fortune.
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“It’s great,” he said. “Obviously, it’s great to get the win, too. It wouldn’t have been as enjoyable if we came away with a loss. It was just a fun game.”
On Friday night, Hill doubled for his 1,000th hit in the first and then singled in the third. He hit his 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth. All the hits came off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf.
Hill tripled in the sixth inning off Livan Hernandez to complete the cycle.
• The Yankees’ Derek Jeter hit a leadoff double in the first inning for his 3,185th hit, moving past Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th place on the career list.
• The Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran got his 2,000th career hit on an RBI single in the third inning against Pittsburgh.
• The Twins and C Ryan Doumit agreed to a new $7 million, two-year contract.
• The Dodgers signed Cuban OF Yasiel Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract. Puig has rarely played outside Cuba, but he excelled with Cienfuegos during the 2010-11 season, batting .330 with 17 homers, 47 RBI and a .430 on-base percentage in just 327 at-bats while mostly playing center field.