[4/21/2018] Yuki Yanagita hits for the cycle

Yuki Yanagita hit for the cycle (home run in the first, single in the fourth, double in the fifth, and triple in the eighth) during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome on April 21. Sixty-five players have now hit for the cycle seventy times in NPB history (thirty-two players and thirty-three times in the Pacific League). Yanagita is the first player in the NPB to hit for the cycle since Kosuke Fukudome on July 30, 2016; the first in the Pacific League since Julio Zuleta on September 22, 2007; and the first Hawk since Arihito Muramatsu on July 1, 2003.

Other facts:

  • Yanagita became the thirteenth player (accomplished fourteen times) to hit for the cycle while recording five hits. He is the ninth player (accomplished ten times) and first Hawk to complete the cycle with their fifth hit.
  • Yanagita became the fifth player to hit for the cycle by going HR, single, double, and triple (first since Takahiro Ikeyama on August 23, 1990).
  • Yanagita became the second player to complete a cycle with their fifth hit a triple. The other player was Robert Rose on May 2, 1995 and April 29, 1997.
  • Yanagita joined Tokuji Iida (August 24, 1955), Hiroshi Fujimoto (July 7, 1990), and Muramatsu as the only players in Hawk history to hit for a cycle.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2018, Sponichi 4/22/2018

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