Posted by Raphy on May 9, 2010
Jody Gerut's final hit for the cycle last night occurred in his 6th trip to the plate. While this is not the latest anyone has done it ( At least 3 players completed the cycle in their 7th plate appearance.), it did make me wonder about players on the brink of a cycle, who never had the chance. How many players were a single away from history, only to be left waiting at the door?
In the years currently covered by PI (1920-1939,1952-2010) 5 players have come to the plate exactly 3 times in a game and turned in a double, triple and home run.
|1||Jeff Burroughs||1978-09-10||ATL||LAD||L 5-11||3||3||2||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.157||1.896||.490||4||LF|
|2||Bob Allison||1968-07-21 (2)||MIN||OAK||W 10-0||3||3||3||3||1||1||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.157||4.024||.337||5||LF|
|3||Bill Freehan||1963-05-07||DET||NYY||W 6-2||3||3||3||3||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.265||3.072||.670||6||C|
|4||Al Todd||1934-05-22||PHI||PIT||L 4-13||3||3||1||3||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000||0.000||5||C|
|5||Pete Alexander||1925-06-20||CHC||PHI||L 2-3||3||3||1||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000||0.000||9||P|
Freehan, Todd and Alexander all ran out of time; their turn in the lineup only came up 3 times. Allison and Burroughs were both removed by their managers. Given that his team was ahead 10-0 in the second game of a double header, I presume that Allison was given a breather. Burroughs was lifted for a pinch runner in the 6th.
In those same years, 2 players have come to the plate 3 for 3 with a double, triple and home run only to be intentionally walked in their fourth and final plate appearance.
|1||Raul Ibanez||2002-06-25||KCR||DET||W 8-6||4||3||2||3||1||1||1||4||1||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.526||4.826||1.383||6||LF|
|2||Greg Walker||1988-07-09 (1)||CHW||BOS||W 8-7||4||3||1||3||1||1||1||2||1||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.348||2.888||1.010||5||1B|
Both were in close games, so presumably there was nothing unsportsmanlike taking place.
Two other players were a single away, but were hit by a pitch in their fourth and final PA.
|1||Vinny Castilla||2005-04-14||WSN||ARI||W 5-3||4||3||2||3||1||1||1||4||0||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.333||4.930||.827||6||3B|
|2||Brian Giles||2000-08-15||PIT||HOU||L 4-5||4||3||1||3||1||1||1||2||0||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.284||2.563||1.017||3||LF|
Finally, while no player had his only shot for a single to complete the cycle blown on a sacrifice bunt, (On July 11, 1970, Bill Freehan was 3 for 3 and a double away from the cycle when he lay down a sac. bunt) one player did miss out on the opportunity because of a SH earlier in the game.