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.
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