Christian Yelich of Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first MLB player to hit the round three times against the same opponent.

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Christian Yelich of Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first MLB player to hit the round three times against the same opponent.

That third career cycle ties him for the all-time lead with John Reilly, Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, Adrián Beltré, and Trea Turner. Yelich, however, has the distinction of having all three of his record-tying three cycles come against the Reds (he previously cycled against Cincy in August of 2019 and then in September of that same year). Those prior two, however, came in a winning effort.

The Brewers maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Reds, meantime, have won four of their last six after starting the season with a 3-22 mark.

 

Story Highlights

  • Yelich, who finished the day 4 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored, hit a ground-rule double in the first, a home run in the third, and a single in the fifth. The cycle was completed in the ninth inning when Yelich tripled.

  • Yelich, 30, came into this game with a somewhat disappointing slash line of .234/.339/.411 for the season, but now those numbers are up to .259/.356/.482. Yelich in recent years has failed to match the peak of 2017-18 — the peak that led to his $215 million extension with Milwaukee — but on Wednesday he provided a small reminder of his MVP ceiling at the plate.