Hitting for the Cycle – Carlos Triunfel

Carlos Triunfel hit for the cycle last night while going 5-for-5. (Richard Trask/Tacoma Rainiers)

Carlos Triunfel hit for the cycle last night while going 5-for-5 against Fresno. (Richard Trask/Tacoma Rainiers)

Shortstop Carlos Triunfel recorded 5 hits, including hitting for the cycle as AAA Tacoma shutout Fresno 8-0 on Wednesday night. Singling on the first pitch he saw in the fifth inning, Triunfel completed Tacoma’s first cycle since Raul Ibañez accomplished the feat on Aug. 19, 1997 vs. Albuquerque. He also is the first player in the Pacific Coast League to cycle since Nashville’s Caleb Gindl on July 10, 2011, also against Albuquerque.

Triunfel achieved the act in his first 4 at-bats of the game. He tripled with one out in the first inning, led off the bottom of the third with a double, then homered in the fourth. He completed the cycle in the fifth inning after lining a single down the right field line. Triunfel snapped an 0-for-20 stretch coming into the game and was the first Rainiers player since Michael Saunders on July 30, 2011 vs. Las Vegas to record 5 hits in a game.

In 2012 the Mariners had two minor league farmhands hit for the cycle. INF Stefen Romero on May 22 vs. Lancaster and OF Gabriel Guerrero hit for the cycle in the Dominican Summer League on June 28 vs. the DSL Royals.

Triunfel, 23, was originally selected as a non-drafted International Free agent on Sept. 23, 2006. He made his Major League debut with Seattle on Sept. 7, 2012 vs. Oakland and was the youngest position player to appear in a game with Seattle last season (22 years, 193 days old). In 7 seasons in the Mariners minor league system, Triunfel hit .275 (653×2375) with 312 runs scored, 116 doubles, 15 triples, 32 home runs and 247 RBI in 621 career games.

Here is a link to MiLB.com with video of Triunfel completing the cycle.

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