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CRISTIAN GUZMAN and the other players from the Dominican Republic who hit for the cycle

Cristian Guzman of the Nats connects on his 1st inning home run 8/28/08 (photo by Luis M. Alavarez for AP)

Cristian Guzman of the Nats connects on his 1st inning home run 8/28/08 (photo by Luis M. Alavarez for AP)

Players from the Dominican Republic have hit for the cycle in a major league baseball game ten times after Cristian Guzman of the Washington Nationals pulled off the feat tonight against the Dodgers. Here they are:

CESAR CEDENO, 8/2/1972, for the Astros against the Reds at the Astrodome. Against Gary Nolan, Cedeno doubled in the 1st, homered with a man aboard two innings later & stroked an RBI-single to right in the 5th. He got the cycle by tripling home his fourth run of Houston’s 10-1 victory off countryman Pedro Borbon in the bottom of the 8th.

CESAR CEDENO, 8/9/1976, for the Astros against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. This time, Cedeno got the triple out out the way in the top of the first, scoring on the play when St. Louis pitcher Bob Forsch was charged with an error. After popping up in his second at bat, Cedeno homered off the Forsch to start the sixth & added a bases-clearing double off him an inning later. He completed the cycle with an 8th inning single off Buddy Solomon that tallied his fifth RBI of Houston’s 13-4 romp. Cedeno is still the only Dominican to hit for the cycle twice.

ANDUJAR CEDENO, 8/25/1992, for the Astros against the Cardinals at the Astrodome. Two decades after the first Dominican hit for the cycle, another Astros player named Cedeno became the second (with the third cycle overall). Cedeno’s opposite-field triple drove in the game’s first run versus Rheal Cormier in the bottom of the second and, after a pop up, his 7th-inning solo homer off Mike Perez put Houston on top by a single run again. The game went into extra innings though, and after a 9th-inning walk, Cedeno completed his cycle with an 11th-inning double (off Bob McClure) and a single in the bottom of the 13th (off Lee Smith) that proved too little too late as Houston fell 5-3.

TONY FERNANDEZ, 9/3/1995, for the Yankees vs. the Athetics at Yankee Stadium. Fernandez popped up in his first at bat, but got rolling with a two-run homer off Steve Ontiveros in the 4th that tied the game at four. He helped New York build a lead by pulling a RBI single to right off Ontiveros an inning later, but got stranded after a 7th-inning triple off Jim Corsi. Fernandez got his cycle by leading off the bottom of the 9th with an opposite field off Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, but got stranded again and his Yanks lost in ten.

NEIFI PEREZ, 7/25/1998, for the Rockies against the Cardinals at Coors Field. Perez became the third Dominican to go for the cycle against the Cardinals by leading of the game with a double off Chris Carpenter, tripling in the 3rd, and bunting his way aboard in the 5th. With the score tied at two and two down in the bottom of the 7th, Perez took Carpenter deep for what proved to be the game-winning blast as Colorado prevailed 5-2.

MIGUEL TEJADA, 9/29/2001, Athletics vs. Mariners at Safeco Field. Miggi made it four shortstops in a row. doing most of the damage against southpaw Jamie Moyer. Tejada tripled to left in the 1st, singled to center in the 3rd and doubled in the 6th. Dominican reliever Jose Paniagua replaced Moyer with the bases loaded in the 7th, and Tejada greeted him with a grand slam to get on the list snd help Oakland win 8-4.

VLADIMIR GUERRERO, 9/14/2003, Expos vs. Mets at Olympic Stadium. Against future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, Guerrero doubled to right in the 2nd, singled to left in the 3rd, and tripled in the go-ahead run for Montreal in the 5th. Facing reliever Dan Wheeler two innings later, Vlad went deep with a man aboard to complete the cycle and ice a 7-3 win for the Expos.

JOSE REYES, 6/21/2006, for the Mets against the Reds at Shea Stadium. Reyes led off the Mets half of the 1st with a homer off Joe Mays, then added 3rd-inning double & 5th-inning triple to right against the right-hander. He got the cycle with a single in the 8th off Jason Standridge, but the Mets coughed up the lead in the last inning and lost 6-5.

CARLOS GOMEZ, 5/7/2008, for the Twins against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Minnesota’s leadoff man hit Chicago starter Mark Buehrle’s third pitch of the game over the fence in left-center and, after a strikeout, added a RBI-triple to center in the 5th & chased the southpaw with a run-scoring double an inning later. He beat out an infield single off Ehren Wasserman leading off the 9th to complete the cycle, and his Twins romped to a 13-1 laugher.

CRISTIAN GUZMAN, 8/28/2008, for the Nationals against the Dodgers at Nationals Park. DC’s 2008 All-Star homered to left off Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw in the opening inning, and singled up the middle in the 2nd –though he was thrown out trying to stretch in into a double. That turned out to be a good thing as, after striking out in his third at bat, he doubled to deep left-center off fellow Dominican Ramon Troncoso in the 6th and completed his cycle with a triple to center against Joe Beimel two innings later. Washington won it 11-2.


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