Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit for the cycle +1 with 7 RBI’s in last night’s 11-5 win over the Chicago Cubs at Coors field. His perfect game from the batter’s box marks the fifth cycle in Rockies history. Tulowitzki also joined the most private club, as he and former Red Sox shortstop John Valentin are the only players in MLB history with an unassisted triple play and a cycle during their careers.
Tulowitzki had covered every type of hit but a triple going into his fourth at bat. He hit a frozen rope down the third base line, which left-fielder Alfanso Soriano could not cleanly handle. He then bobbled the ball in the corner and the relay throw went passed third as Tulowitzki awkwardly slid in. Despite the over throw the official mark was a triple. Tulowitzki said he probably wouldn’t have went for third if it wasn’t for right-fielder Brad Hawpe’s encouraging words. “He was like, ‘You know how many chances in your career that you’re going to get to try to get a cycle?’ He said, ‘One, and it’s this one.’ I said, ‘What if I’m on second and the ball’s coming?’ He was like, ‘You’ve still got to go,'” said Tulowitzki.
Tulowitzki and the Rockies will next face the Pittsburg Pirates; the first game starting tonight at 8:40 pm. Colorado Rockies tickets are now available!