Moeller becomes fifth Brewer to hit for cycle

Updated: April 28, 2004, 12:29 AM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Chad Moeller hit for the cycle Tuesday night, becoming the first Milwaukee Brewers player to accomplish the feat since Paul Molitor 13 years ago.

Moeller homered in the second inning of a 9-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, then doubled in the fourth, tripled in the fifth and singled in the seventh.

Chad Moeller
APChad Moeller triples in the fifth inning.

The first three hits came against starter Cory Lidle. Moeller's single off reliever Ryan Wagner prompted a standing ovation from the crowd of 8,918.

Moeller entered the game in a 3-for-24 slump. He is the first Brewers player to hit for the cycle at home.

The last major league catcher to accomplish the feat was Pittsburgh's Jason Kendall on May 19, 2000, against St. Louis, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Moeller, obtained from Arizona last offseason in the Richie Sexson trade, is the fifth Brewers player to hit for the cycle.

Molitor, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, did it on May 15, 1991, at Minnesota, when Milwaukee was in the American League.

Molitor is now the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners.

The other Brewers to hit for the cycle were Hall of Famer Robin Yount on June 12, 1988, at Chicago, Charlie Moore on Oct. 1, 1980, at California, and Mike Hegan on Sept. 3, 1976, at Detroit.

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