Nolan Arenado and Albert Pujols both came within a triple of the cycle in the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Ultimately, though, it was a different member of the Cardinals organization who finished the night having hit for the cycle — the home run cycle, that is.
Chandler Redmond, the first baseman for the Cardinals' Double-A affiliate in Springfield, hit four home runs — all in consecutive innings — in a 21-4 victory over the Amarillo Sod Poodles on Wednesday. His historic night included every possible version of a home run: A two-run blast in the fifth, a grand slam in the sixth, a solo shot in seventh and a three-run homer in the eighth. The first three home runs were opposite-field shots.
This is just the second time in recorded pro baseball history that a player has hit for the home run cycle. Tyrone Horne, the first player to accomplish the feat, also did so for a Cardinals Double-A affiliate — the Arkansas Travelers — on July 27, 1998. No major leaguer has ever done what Redmond did Wednesday.
Redmond also added a single for good measure and finished with 11 RBIs, a Springfield single-game record.
Redmond, a 32nd-round pick in the 2019 draft who is ranked 28th among Cardinals prospects by Baseball America, is batting .242/.325/.488 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs this season.