Hill hits for another cycle in Arizona's 9-3 win
Milwaukee, WI – Aaron Hill hit for his second cycle of the month on Friday and the Diamondbacks downed the Brewers, 9-3, in the opener of a three-game series.
Hill, who also hit for the cycle on June 18, recorded his 1,000th career hit with a ground-rule double in the first inning. He also singled and scored as part of a five-run third, hit a two-run homer in the fourth and belted an RBI triple in the sixth.
"It was obviously great to get the cycle but it was also great to get the win. It wouldn't be as enjoyable if we had lost," said Hill.
Paul Goldschmidt was equally as impressive, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a three-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who improved to 16-8 over their last 24 games.
Ian Kennedy (6-7) earned the win, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Cesar Izturis hit a two-run double for the Brewers, losers of five of their last six games.
Randy Wolf (2-6) was charged with eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits over four innings in the setback. He is 0-4 over his last 11 starts and has not won since April 30.
"It's not fun, that's for sure," said Wolf. "This has definitely been a nightmare. I've never felt so physically great and then had such awful results. It's beyond frustrating."
Hill became the first player to hit for the cycle twice in a season since Babe Herman in 1931. His fourth-inning homer plated Willie Bloomquist, as did his triple in the sixth, which gave the Diamondbacks a 9-1 lead.
Izturis doubled home Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks a half-inning later to cap the scoring.
The Brewers did hold a lead in the game -- 1-0 on Aramis Ramirez's RBI groundout in the first -- but Goldschmidt and Henry Blanco both doubled an inning later to tie the score and Arizona went on top for good in the third.
Goldschmidt's three-run blast to deep center capped the go-ahead frame and was preceded by RBI singles from Justin Upton and Jason Kubel.
Hill's previous cycle this season came against the Mariners...Herman hit for the cycle twice in 1931 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers...The Diamondbacks have homered in a season-high 10 straight games...Goldschmidt hit his 11th home run of the season.