Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario hit for the 333rd cycle in MLB history, becoming the newest player on the list and joining teammate Freddie Freeman as the few who have done so in 2021. However, their cycles were not exactly alike. Freeman had six plate appearances on August 18, the date on which he completed the feat, seeing 13 pitches, which don't include the four balls in an intentional walk. This doesn't make Freeman's feat any less impressive, though it does give us some perspective with which to view Rosario's cycle on Sunday afternoon.
That's because the 29-year-old lefty only saw five pitches — five total pitches — and turned them into the cycle. According to Twitter baseball statistics guru Jeremy Frank and his research on Baseball Reference, that's the fewest amount of pitches seen by a player who went on to hit for the cycle.
Seeing as the Braves were only able to muster up three runs in the victory, they needed every ounce of offense that Rosario could produce, and most of it went unrewarded. His first two plate appearances, in the second and fifth inning, ended in a double and triple, respectively. No runs were scored by him or any teammate as a result. His next at-bat, in the seventh, was a bases-empty home run following a two-run bomb by Adam Duvall. His ninth-inning single led off the frame, but no runs came as a result once again.
Here are four of the five pitches that Rosario saw — in other words, his cycle — courtesy of MLB Film Room:
According to Rosario, the last time he had hit for the cycle was back in 2011, and unless he took four hacks at the only four pitches he saw the whole game, he was even more efficient this time around.
With the win, the Braves extended their narrow lead over the Phillies in the NL East, though the Phils are currently playing against the Mets on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" and will have a chance to lessen the gap once again.