Christian Yelich made MLB history in 2018 when he hit twice for the cycle against the Reds in 20 days. No player had ever hit for the cycle twice in a season against the same team. Four years later, the Brewers outfielder made more cycle history, at the expense of the same division rival.

Yelich completed his third round against Cincinnati on Wednesday in his team’s 14-11 loss. He hit a double in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third, a single in the fifth and a triple in the ninth.

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Yelich made baseball history in many ways with the 335th cycle in MLB history. The Sporting News looks at the significance behind his latest cycle:

Most cycles in MLB history

Yelich is only the sixth player in MLB history to record three cycles. The other five are John Reilly, Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, Adrian Beltre and Trea Turner. Only 34 players hit multiple cycles.

Where Yelich makes more history is that he is the only player in MLB history to score all of his three cycles against the same team. Reilly hit two of his own against the Pittsburgh Alleghenys and Turner had two against the Rockies.

The only other player to hit multiple cycles against the same team was the Pirates’ Fred Clarke, who also hit a deuce against the Reds.

Yelich also recovered all three cycles in the second-shortest amount of time. It took her 1,351 days from her first cycle to her third. Herman’s 866 days between his first and third is the shortest period.

Yelich also shared the historic moment with the Reds. Cincinnati moved to second place all-time for most cycles allowed, with 20 in Red Stockings, Redlegs and Reds history. Only the St. Louis Brown Stockings/Perfectos/Cardinals, with 24, allowed more.


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