DENVER -- DJ LeMahieu, Gerardo Parra, and Carlos Gonzalez all fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle in the Rockies's 17-4 drubbing of the Reds.LeMahieu nearly had it, but he missed out on history by inches. LeMahieu lined a sixth-inning pitch from Daniel Wright that Reds right fielder
DENVER -- DJ LeMahieu, Gerardo Parra, and Carlos Gonzalez all fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle in the Rockies's 17-4 drubbing of the Reds.
LeMahieu nearly had it, but he missed out on history by inches. LeMahieu lined a sixth-inning pitch from Daniel Wright that Reds right fielder Jay Bruce dove for and barely knocked down. The ball squirted away from Bruce, but not far enough to allow LeMahieu to make the turn to third base.
"I was just excited to get the run home," LeMahieu said. "Once it got by him, I was hoping it was going to go a little further, but going into the play I was just hoping to get the run in."
The trio contributed six of a team-record 14 extra-base hits and 21 of a club-record 47 total bases. Teammates took notice of the potential cycles. Michael Cuddyer was the last of seven Rockies players to compete a cycle, Aug. 17, 2014.
"CarGo wasn't too quiet about it," LeMahieu said of nearly hitting for the cycle, "but I was just trying to focus and do my best."
Parra and LeMahieu both had two chances to complete the cycle. LeMahieu hit a double and walked while Parra grounded into a double play and flied out to center field.
Gonzalez doubled in the seventh, but he was then was replaced in right field by Ryan Raburn in the eighth. If Gonzalez had another at-bat, would he prefer to hit another home run or hit a triple to complete the cycle?
Gonzalez should know. He completed a cycle on July 31, 2010, with a walk-off home run off the Cubs' Sean Marshall.
"They're both good, but hitting a cycle is something everybody remembers," Gonzalez said. "It's like throwing a no-hitter. It's not easy to do, especially these days."
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.