Cody Bellinger becomes first Dodgers rookie to hit for the cycle in 7-1 win over Marlins

To hit for the cycle — a single-game compendium of a single, double, triple and home run — a baseball player requires a diversity of skills. Enough brawn to go deep. Enough agility to sprint 270 feet safely into third. Enough consistency to collect four hits in one night. Players like that usually only exist in dreams.

The cycle is a rare feat, one that occurred only three times in 2016, only four times in 2017 before Saturday. Barry Bonds never did it. Neither did Hank Aaron, nor Ken Griffey, Jr., nor Babe Ruth. The Dodgers have played 60 seasons since moving to Los Angeles. Across those six decades, only two players produced a cycle. When considering this, of course, it is worthwhile to remember that the Dodgers played 59 of those seasons without Cody Bellinger.

In a 7-1 victory over the Marlins, two days after his 22nd birthday, Bellinger added another line to his resume for rookie of the year, and perhaps more postseason hardware. He singled in his first at-bat. He smashed a two-run homer, his 26th of the season, in his second. He thumped an RBI double in his third at-bat.

And then, in his fourth at-bat, in the seventh inning of a blowout, Bellinger laced a slider from Marlins reliever Nick

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-marlins-20170715-story.html

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