Stats & Info: Tony Gwynn

One season, one month, two cycles for Hill

June, 30, 2012
Benny Sieu/US PresswireAaron Hill became the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to hit for the cycle twice in the same season.
Barry Bonds, Tony Gwynn, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb are among the great hitters who never did it even once in their careers.

Aaron Hill now has hit a cycle twice in 12 days.

He's the first player with two cycles in the same season since Babe Herman in 1931.

Hill is the fourth player in Major League Baseball history with two cycles in the same season, joining Herman (1931 Brooklyn Robins), Tip O'Neill (1887 St. Louis Browns) and John Reilly (1883 Cincinnati Red Stockings).

Hill, whose previous cycle was June 18, is the second player in MLB history with two cycles in the same calendar month and the first since Reilly in September 1883.

The concept that Reilly accomplished this feat in 1883 and nobody else did for almost 129 years is incredible. It’s a rare gap between feats.

Let’s consider what was happening in the United States back in 1883:

• The president was Chester A. Arthur and there was no vice president.

• There were only 38 states.

• Basketball hadn’t been invented yet.

• The Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic in May.

• The first Metropolitan Opera House opened in October.

• The past 12 presidents weren’t even born yet, including Harry S. Truman, who was born in 1884.

• Airplanes had not yet been invented.

Hill now has as many cycles in the past 12 days as the entire Toronto Blue Jays franchise (his former team). He has more cycles in the past 12 days than the Tampa Bay Rays (1), San Diego Padres (0) and Miami Marlins (0) franchises combined.

How did Hill hit for the cycle Friday?

• In the first inning, he hit a ground-rule double off a fastball, his eighth double against a fastball this season.

• In the third inning, he singled to center off a slider. He was hitting .267 against sliders going into the game.

• In the fourth inning, he homered to left field off a curveball, his first home run off a curveball since June 19, 2011.

• In the sixth inning, he tripled to center field off a slider.

Hill is hitting .465 in his past 10 games with four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .953 slugging percentage. Eleven of his 20 hits are extra-base hits during that span.

No player in MLB history has had three cycles in the same season. The Arizona Diamondbacks still have 86 games left, so Hill has a chance to be the first to do so.
The Los Angeles Dodgers capped an eventful day with one of the biggest offensive outbursts in franchise history. They pounded out 25 hits en route to a 15-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins, their second straight win after a stretch of 11 losses in 16 games.

They are the first team in baseball this season with at least 25 hits and 15 runs in a game, and it's the first time the Dodgers have accomplished that since 2006.

Their top four hitters Monday -- Tony Gwynn, Casey Blake, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp -- combined to go 13-for-20 with two HR and six RBI, with just two strikeouts. Trent Oeltjen went 4-for-4 giving the Dodgers three player with at least four hits in the same game for the first time since July 26, 2002 against the San Francisco Giants (according to Elias).

Every Dodgers starter had a multihit game. According to Elias that's the first time they've done that since May 18, 1949 when they were in Brooklyn! They beat the Cubs 14-5 that day with a starting lineup featuring FOUR Hall of Famers.

It’s tied for the second-most hits by a team in an Interleague game all-time, behind only the 28 hits the Boston Red Sox got against the Florida Marlins exactly eight years ago. It’s tied for the most hits the Dodgers have had in a game since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.

Elias also tells us that it’s the second-largest shutout win ever in an Interleague game, trailing only the 16-0 Athletics win over the Giants in 2005.

The last time the Dodgers won a shutout by at least 15 runs was all the way back in 1969, when they beat the expansion San Diego Padres 19-0. They did it with the help of just one home run, and with Don Drysdale on the hill.
Today’s Trivia: At .459, Matt Kemp leads the National League in batting average. Who was the last Los Angeles Dodger to be the batting champ?

Quick Hits: The Cleveland Indians have won four in a row, and at 12-4 are tied with the Colorado Rockies for the best record in the majors. Let’s focus in on the most surprising team of the season’s first few weeks.

• According to Elias, this is the 1st time the Indians have had the best record in the majors this late in the season since the end of 2007, when they ended the season tied with the Boston Red Sox for the best mark in MLB (both 96–66).

• After sweeps of the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, the Indians are 6-0 against the AL East. Last season, Cleveland was just 17-24 against teams in that division.

• Indians’ starting pitchers have 13 quality starts. The last AL team with more quality starts through 16 games? The 1991 Indians with 14.

• In their 12 wins, the Indians have allowed a total of 12 runs.

• Opposing 3-4-5 hitters are batting a combined .185.

• Last season, Indians pitchers only had 967 strikeouts, fewest in the majors, and an MLB-worst 1.69 K per BB. This season, their 2.21 K per BB is 4th best in the AL.

• Their .318 BA with RISP is second in the majors, which helps explain how the Indians lead the AL in runs.

• The Indians are hitting .331 with a .916 OPS against southpaws this season, and have a 5-1 record when facing a lefty starter.
Chris Perez

• Dating back to last season, Chris Perez has converted 15 straight save opportunities without allowing a run.

• Relievers Chris Perez, Tony Sipp and Rafael Perez haven’t allowed a run this season in 21 2/3 IP.

• The Indians are a perfect 11-0 when leading at the start of any inning after the 4th.

Trivia Answer: Tommy Davis won back-to-back batting titles in 1962 and 1963, but no Dodger has led the league in batting average since. Of course, Mike Piazza hit .362 in 1997, but was edged by Tony Gwynn (.372).