The traditional definition of hitting for the cycle in baseball is amassing a single, double, triple and home run in the same game. Only 11 players have done it in Twins history — including Jorge Polanco, who accomplished the feat earlier this season.
But perhaps the modern-day cycle in baseball is this: A batter 1) doing something good at the plate; 2) celebrating in a way that irks the opposing team; 3) getting thrown at in his next at-bat; 4) the other team getting mad when suffering the consequences of the obvious beaning attempt.
To that end, congratulations are in order for top Twins prospect Royce Lewis for his modern-day cycle with Fort Myers on Thursday.
Against Bradenton, Lewis hit a double … then did some pushups at second base, drawing the ire of the opponent. And in his next at-bat a pitch sailed behind Lewis — leading to multiple ejections on the Bradenton side.
Lewis, by the way, homered in his first at-bat of the next game.
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