[8/16/2018] Ryosuke Hirata hits for the cycle, fourth player this season

Ryosuke Hirata hit for the cycle during tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Nagoya Dome. He became the sixty-eighth player in NPB history (accomplished seventy-three times) and thirty-fifth in Central League history (accomplished thirty-eight times) to achieve the feat. He also became the fourth player to hit for the cycle this year (Yuki Yanagita, Tetsuto Yamada, and Masayuki Kuwahara), the eighth player in Chunichi history (accomplished eight times) to hit for the cycle, first since Yohei Oshima on July 20, 2016, and the first player to hit for the cycle at Nagoya Dome since Kosuke Fukudome on June 8, 2003.

Hirata hit a lead-off home run to left in the first inning, a two-run double to left in the second inning, a double to left-center in the fourth inning, a triple to right in the fifth inning, and a single to left in the seventh inning.

Additionally, Hirata…

  • became the fourteenth player (accomplished fifteen times) to hit for the cycle and record five hits.
  • joined Sachio Kinugasa, Akinobu Mayumi, Rainel Rosario, Oshima, and Kuwahara as players to start a cycle with a lead-off home run.
  • joined Kinugasa as the only players to start a cycle with a lead-off home run and record five hits.
  • recorded five hits in a game for the first time in his career.

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2018, Daily Sports 8/16/2018, Daily Sports 8/17/2018, Sponichi 8/16/2018, Sponichi 8/17/2018

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