The Washington Nationals are cruising against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon in DC. Trae Turner, the Nationals star shortstop, is enjoying his birthday and has now completed the cycle in spectacular fashion.
TREA TURNER TRIPLES TO COMPLETE THE CYCLE ON HIS BIRTHDAY
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) June 30, 2021
Oh, and he has now done this three times in his young career, putting him in some legendary company, with Babe Ruth as one name.
Trea Turner just became the 5th player in MLB history to hit for the cycle 3 times in his career. Joins John Reilley, Bob Meusel, Babe Herman and Adrian Beltre. And he did it on his birthday.
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) June 30, 2021
Turner started the sixth inning off with the leadoff triple to complete the cycle and came in to score after a Juan Soto RBI single pushed the lead to 9-5 for the Nationals.
Turner is now tied for most cycles in MLB history, and he is only 28 years old as of the game. He should have no issues shattering the cycles record, which is extremely difficult on its own to even get one in a career.
In the seventh inning, the Nationals replaced Turner with Ryan Zimmerman, gifting the young shortstop the rest of the game off after a cycle, and letting him enjoy his birthday a little bit.
On the year Turner is batting .310 with 26 home runs and 74 RBIs as the Nationals fight for the top spot in the National League East, a division that has been hit hard by injuries.
Celebrate this one, Trae Turner.