On This Date In D-Backs History: Stephen Drew Hits For The Cycle
Five years ago today, the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-6. The game, however, is a memorable one because of Stephen Drew. The former D-Back shortstop recorded five hits in the game, hitting for the cycle in the process. It was the first cycle ever at Chase Field. He was the fourth player to hit for the cycle in the 2008 season, and Adrian Beltre became the fifth later that day. It was the first time two players hit for the cycle on the same day since 1920.
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Off of Cardinal starter Joel Pineiro, Drew singled in the first inning, tripled in the third and homered in the fifth. In the seventh against reliever Kyle McClellan, Drew ripped a ground-rule double. He finished the day 5-for-5 with three runs scored and one RBI.
The D-Backs, who were 70-67 and in first place in the National League West at the time, ended up finishing just 82-80 and losing the pennant race to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. That time period is a lot like what is happening now, where the Dodgers (80-55) are atop the West while the Diamondbacks (69-65) are in second place, where they will most likely finish.