Elly De La Cruz Makes MLB History: Hits For Cycle In Record-Breaking Debut Season

Photo: Instagram/Elly De La Cruz

Elly De La Cruz, the rising star of the Cincinnati Reds, showcased his incredible talent once again, solidifying his red-hot debut season in a truly historic fashion.

At the tender age of 21, De La Cruz achieved a remarkable feat that had not been seen in over a century, just a little over two weeks into his Major League Baseball (MLB) career. In an exhilarating 11-10 victory over the Braves, De La Cruz delivered an outstanding performance, hitting for the cycle and leaving spectators in awe.

Astonishingly, he accomplished this extraordinary milestone by the sixth inning, a mere 15 games into his major league journey. The rookie powerhouse marked his achievement by doubling to center field in the second inning, followed by a 368-foot home run in the third.

Photo: Instagram/Elly De La Cruz

He then singled to center in the fifth inning and concluded his cycle with an explosive triple to right-center in the sixth, driving in a crucial run for his team. De La Cruz's exceptional night etched his name into Cincinnati's record books, making him the seventh Red to hit for the cycle and the first since All-Star Eric Davis in 1989.

Furthermore, according to ESPN, he holds the distinction of being the youngest player in the last 51 years, since Astros star César Cedeño in 1972, to achieve this remarkable feat. Moreover, De La Cruz's extraordinary performance also set a milestone that has eluded players for over a century.

He became the first player in the World Series Era, which spans back to 1903, to record 20 hits, five stolen bases, and three home runs in his first 15 career games. This unprecedented accomplishment further solidifies his place in MLB history.

Currently boasting 23 hits and three home runs in 61 at-bats, along with seven stolen bases, De La Cruz has swiftly become a fan favorite since joining Cincinnati's lineup on June 6. The excitement surrounding his phenomenal performances, such as Friday's remarkable outing, adds to the burgeoning phenomenon known as "Elly-Mania."

With the Reds riding a remarkable 12-game winning streak, De La Cruz is undoubtedly a pivotal force behind the team's resurgence. As his star continues to rise, the young sensation is expected to play a crucial role in propelling the Reds (41-35) to further success.

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Source: Sports Illustrated


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