June 26, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill (2) misses a diving catch in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Many players go through their careers without hitting for the cycle. Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks has done it twice in just eleven days. He cycled on June 18 against the Mariners, but did it again this evening in Milwaukee. He hit a ground-rule double in the first, singled in the third, homered in the fourth, and tripled in the sixth. He is the first player in the major leagues to have two cycles in the same year since Babe Herman of the Brooklyn Robins in 1931.
He's the first since 1883 to have two in the same month, and you've also got to go back to baseball pre-history - 1887 - to find anything comparable in time-frame, when Tip O'Neill of the St. Louis Brown Stockings hit for the cycle on April 30th, and then did again a week later on May 7th. It's the Diamondbacks sixth cycle, and is the first against the Brewers since Michael Cuddyer of the Twins did it, on May 22, 2009.