Seven years after Carlos Gonzalez hit a cycle-clinching walk-off homer, Nolan Arenado did it too
On Sunday, the NL West-leading Rockies pulled out a dramatic come-from-behind 7-5 win over the Giants thanks to the heroics of Nolan Arenado. The third baseman clubbed a walk-off homer off Giants closer Mark Melancon that both sealed the victory and completed Arenado's cycle.
You see, Arenado was a homer shy of the cycle up to that point, and the fact that he made it to the plate was only because the Giants took the lead in the ninth on a go-ahead homer by pinch-hitter Hunter Pence. Then, Colorado's rally against Melancon presented Arenado with the opportunity ... and he pounced on it, ending his prolific afternoon with authority:
All four swings of his cycle-earning hits made for a great montage, too:
Arenado's walk-off dinger set off a raucous home-plate celebration, naturally:
A walk-off, cycle-clinching homer. That's pretty fun, but it's nothing new for one of Arenado's teammates, Carlos Gonzalez. Back on July 31, 2010, CarGo did the same exact thing against the Cubs to wrap up the sixth cycle in team history up to that point.
With that game tied at 5, Gonzalez ended it with one swing:
Arenado locked up the fourth cycle of the season so far, and three of those have come at Coors Field. But as the previous two were hit by the Nats' Trea Turner and the Padres' Wil Myers, Sunday marked the first time all year Rockies fans have actually enjoyed watching it happen at their home park. In fact, the last Rockies player to pull it off at home was Michael Cuddyer in 2014.