The ‘Melk’man Delivers a Cycle

Following a 3 game losing streak, all to the Chicago White Sox, the Yankees faced those same White Sox on Sunday, hoping to come away with at least one victory during the series. Not only did the Yankees pull out the victory 8-5 behind CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera, but some history was made in the process. For the first time since Tony Fernandez in 1995, the Yankees had a player hit for the cycle. Melky Cabrera, the young outfielder who was sent down to Triple A last season, came through for the Yankees in a big way on Sunday afternoon. Cabrera started things off with a line drive, 3 run homerun that gave the Yankees an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. In his next two at bats, Cabrera hit a double and a single respectively, leaving him a triple away from the first Yankees’ cycle in 14 years. As Cabrera stepped into the batter’s box in the ninth inning, he and the rest of stadium were aware that a triple, the most elusive of all hits, would give him the cycle. Cabrera was patient during the at bat, not chasing anything out of the zone, which eventually resulted in a 3-2 count. As the next pitch arrived, Cabrera smacked the ball into right field over Jermaine Dye who seemed to misread the ball off the bat. Cabrera chugged the bases, not even thinking about stopping before third. Sure enough when the play was over, Cabrera hopped up celebrating at third base, as he had hit for the cycle. The Cabrera cycle was important for the Yankees, a team that struggled during the first 3 games of the series, as they were able to leave on a very good note with a victory and some history in hand. That long flight to Toronto will suddenly seem a lot shorter for the first place Yanks. 

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