Matt Kemp makes Padres history by hitting for cycle

Matt Kemp

When: August 14, 2015

Where: Coors Field, Colorado

What: On the 7,444th game in Padres history, outfielder Matt Kemp hit for the cycle. It only took 46 years.

How:

First inning: Matt Kemp launches a two-run home run deep to center field.

Third inning: Kemp hits a single.

Seventh inning: Here comes the double, as Kemp hits a line drive (again) to center field.

Ninth inning: This one’s for all the marbles. It’s Kemp’s final at-bat, and it’s for the triple. He sends one deep to (you guessed it) center field, and it looks like it’s going to go yard, but it hits the wall instead. Kemp speeds up and just like that … Cycle, baby. CYCLE!!



Fun facts:

**The Padres had come up one hit short of a cycle 361 times. They’d finished a triple shy 258 times.

**The Miami Marlins are now the only remaining team in Major League Baseball to have never had a player hit for the cycle.

**The Padres can cross the cycle off their list, but they are still looking for that elusive no-hitter. They’re the only team in the league without one.

Listen to Ted Leitner’s radio broadcast call of the final part of the cycle — the ninth inning triple:

 

As you can imagine, it caused quite a stir in the Twitterverse:

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