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Yelich tripled during a six-run ninth–inning rally to put the finishing touches on the cycle. He doubled in the first, hit a three-run homer in the third and singled in the fifth. Milwaukee would lose to the Cincinnati Reds 14-11.
Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich hits a ground-rule double against the Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
“I’d definitely rather win the game,” the 2018 National League MVP said after the game. “Weird things happen in baseball. Any time you can hit for a cycle, it’s pretty cool. I will try to enjoy it as much as possible.”
All of Yelich’s cycles have come against the Reds. In 2018, he hit for the cycle twice in a span of three weeks.
“A lot of things kind of have to happen to hit the cycle,” he said. “It is hard enough to get four hits in a major league game and to have the right kind, there’s an element of luck. It is still pretty cool.”
Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich high-fives teammates in the dugout after scoring a run against the Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
Four other players have hit for the cycle three times in their careers: Long John Reilly, Bob Meusel, Babe Herman and Adrian Beltre.
Yelich has played in 30 games this season for the Brewers. He is hitting .234 with a .750 OPS with four home runs. He won the MVP in 2018, his first season in Milwaukee after getting traded by the Miami Marlins. He was runner-up for the award in 2019.
Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers signals to the dugout after hitting a triple against the Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 11, 2022, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Milwaukee is leading the National League Central division with a 20-11 record.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.