Best Hitting Performance, No. 2: Stallings Hits for Cycle

Indians catcher triples in final plate appearance to complete rare feat

Jacob Stallings became the first Tribe catcher to hit for the cycle and sixth Indians player since 1996 to accomplish the feat. (Photo by Austin Friedline)

By Cheyne Reiter / Indianapolis Indians | November 8, 2018 4:28 PM

INDIANAPOLIS - History was made by two Indianapolis Indians on Aug. 7 against Lehigh Valley at Victory, as both Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings hit for the cycle. The duo etched their names in baseball history thanks to their individual feats being completed in the same inning.

Not fleet of foot and in need of a triple in his final plate appearance, Stallings did the improbable when he roped a fly ball into the right-center alley and hustled around the bases to third. The three-bagger was his first since 2015 and just the sixth of his seven-year career.

Stallings' RBI triple was his third run-scoring hit of the game. He staked Tyler Eppler to a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI double in the first before opening the fourth with a leadoff homer to left that made it 2-0.

He singled to right during a six-run sixth inning that blew the game open. Indy led 8-0 thru six frames and after the visitors scored five runs in the seventh, Stallings and Co. tacked on four additional runs to bi-cycle their way to a 12-5 triumph.

Stallings' accomplishment made him the sixth Tribe player since 1996 to hit for the cycle.

Stallings' numbers: 4-for-5, 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

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