Baseball has a larger number of iconic moments than almost any other sport.
The rare occurrences of a cycle or no-hitter are considered a treat by baseball fans. They should consider themselves lucky if they catch a perfect game or a four-homer performance. One feat, however, has never been witnessed in a Major League Baseball game and had previously only been seen once in the minors.
The home run cycle is achieved when a player hits a solo home run, a two-run home run, a three-run home run, and a grand slam, with at least one run scored in each of those at-bats. As did Chandler Redmond, a minor leaguer for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Redmond went 5-for-6 with four home runs and 11 RBI to help the Double-A Springfield Cardinals beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 21-4.
In a WINNING SPIN Cardinals minor leaguer Chandler Redmond went 4-for-4 last night at the plate, with a solo home run, a 2-run home run, a 3-run home run, and a grand slam! It’s only happened once before in the minors, and never in the majors. pic.twitter.com/riopyRsaud August 11, 2022 — MLB (@MLB)
Furthermore, the eight home runs and twenty-one total runs scored were both new Springfield highs.
At the end of the first inning, Redmond hit an RBI single that capped a three-run rally, but in the third inning, he struck out. After a two-run homer in the fifth inning, he followed it up with a grand slam in the sixth. He took full advantage of the situation in the eighth inning with one runner on base after hitting a solo home run in the seventh.
So, Redmond not only completed the cycle, but he did so in just four innings.
From MiLB.com: “His frame of mind was:
“As a result, after I hit the grand slam, the possibility of a cycle crossed my mind. But I quickly dismissed it as irrelevant. This was only my second multi-homer game in the majors, and I couldn’t believe it “According to Redmond. “And then I took the solo shot and realized, “Oh my gosh, I can do it.” Then, with two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, I thought, “Oh my gosh, everything is lining up, you can do this.” Simply maintain your composure and focus inward; however, do not pass up the opportunity to strike when it presents itself.”
On July 27, 1998, Tyrone Horne hit the second home run cycle in Minor League Baseball history. Horne, surprisingly, also spent time with the Cardinals’ Double-A team, the Arkansas Travelers.
Redmond, a native of Middleton, Maryland, was selected by the Cardinals in the 32nd round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. He played baseball at Gardner-Webb and was named the Big South Conference Player of the Year. He is currently batting.242/.325/.488 with 17 homers and 61 RBI in Double-A after making his debut there last year.
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