Matt Kemp is no longer the only answer to the question: Who has hit for the cycle in a Padres uniform?
Wil Myers earned the second spot in that illustrious club Monday in Denver as the All-Star helped San Diego earn a 5-3 victory over the Rockies.
Myers singled in the 1st inning off of Colorado starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood.
Then in his second at-bat, the first baseman doubled and plated rookie Manny Margot to give the Padres a 1-0 lead in the 3rd.
When Myers led off the 6th inning, he sent an 0-2 fastball from Chatwood over the right-field fence. That put Myers just a triple away from completing the cycle.
Carlos Estevez relieved Chatwood but did not have any success retiring the Padres slugger when he came up again in the 8th inning.
Myers quickly poked a base knock into the gap in left-center.
As the ball rolled towards the warning track, he hustled around the infield dirt and after a brief stumble around second, he wound up with a stand-up triple for the second cycle in the history of the San Diego Padres.
Ironically, Myers saw Kemp accomplish the same feat in person on August 14, 2015 – in the same city.
Kemp collected a single, double, triple, and homer at Coors Field during Myers’ first season with the Friars.
Hunter Renfroe also smacked a 2-run home run in the 6th inning. The blast by the rookie rightfielder made it 4-0 Padres and was more than enough for the bullpen to close it out.
Jarred Cosart pitched four shutout innings for the Friars in a spot start for Vista native Trevor Cahill.
Cahill was placed on the 10-day disabled list over the weekend with a lower back strain but manager Andy Green said Sunday that he plans to have Cahill back on the mound when his spot comes back around in the rotation.
Former Padres manager and current Rockies skipper Buddy Black complimented Myers after the game saying, “His strength is his ability to hit the ball to all fields, and he’s realizing that potential.”
It’s hard to believe that in 20 seasons in San Diego, Tony Gwynn never hit for the cycle despite a .338 career batting average.
We can probably all agree that if Mr. Padre was still with us, he would have been very proud of Myers after the show he put on Monday night in a winning effort.