With a single in his first at bat last night in Coors Field, a double in the second, home run in the fourth and bases-clearing triple in the fifth, Trea Turner hit for the cycle, becoming the third play in Nationals’ history (2005-present) to accomplish the rare feat.
Turner also drove in seven runs in Washington’s 15-12 win over the Colorado Rockies, becoming, as the Nationals mentioned in tonight’s pregame notes, citing research by Elias, the eighth player in major league history to drive in seven runs+ while hitting for the cycle and the second-youngest player to do so, behind only Joe DiMaggio.
Turner was 23 years and 299 days old when he hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs last night.
DiMaggio was 22 years and 226 days old when he hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs against the Washington Senators on July 9, 1937.
Turner’s seven RBIs were the second-most in a single game in Nationals’ history (2005-present), behind only Josh Willingham, who drove in eight in a two grand slam game in Milwaukee in July of 2009.
Turner got off to a slow-ish start this season, going 3 for 19 in five games before he injured his hamstring and landed on the 10-Day on DL.
In five games since returning to the lineup, Turner is 8 for 19 (.421/.450/.842) with three doubles, a triple and a home run over that stretch after his four-hit night in Colorado.
Dusty Baker told reporters after the win that he was impressed with Turner’s big night at the plate, but not just the fact that the shortstop hit for the cycle.
“That was great,” Baker said. “That was awesome. Especially the hardest one to get is the triple, but this is the place — if you want to the triple, here is the place.”
Turner driving in seven runs, though, Baker said, that stands out.
“There aren’t many guys that can say they drove in seven runs in a game. I just hope he remembers how he did it and duplicates it over and over and over.”
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