For a team that has played 20 seasons at Coors Field, it's no surprise that the Rockies have seen seven players hit for the cycle in their relatively short history. It is also no surprise that all seven have come at home.
However, there has been quite a variety to the ways in which the Rockies have hit for the cycle, two were completed with walk-off hits, one was finished off by the fourth inning. Two were completed with singles, one with a double, two with triples and two with home runs. Here's a look at each of the cycles in Rockies history and the players who hit for them:
Fittingly, the first Rockies cycle came from one of the Blake Street Bombers and because it was pre-humidor Coors Field, Bichette actually started the game 0-for-2. He got his first hit in the fourth, a three-run double to left-center that gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead. His home run again put the Rockies ahead, 7-6, in the sixth. Bichette had only two triples in 1998, but got one of them and scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth and then, like Carlos Gonzalez would do a dozen years later, he completed his cycle in walk-off fashion with an RBI single to give Colorado a 9-8 win.
The most unlikely Rockies cycle of all-time came from light-hitting shortstop Perez, who had an OPS+ of 68 in 1998, but managed a cycle against Matt Morris and the Cardinals. Unlike Bichette, Perez got off to a fast start, leading off the first with a double and tripling and scoring in the third. He then singled in the fifth and saved the best for last, completing his cycle with a go-ahead home run in his fourth and final at bat in the seventh.
Long before he was the Toddfather, Helton put together the third cycle in club history against Alex Fernandez and the Marlins in 1999. Like Perez, Helton got his cycle in just four at bats. Of course, Helton kicked off his cycle with one of his 592 career doubles (for the record, it was No. 53) in the second inning. His single in the fourth kickstarted a five-run Rockies rally in which they batted around, meaning Helton also got to lead off the fifth, which he did with an opposite field home run. In the seventh, Helton led off the inning with a hit for the fourth time in the game, this one a triple into Coors Field's expansive right-center field gap, completing his cycle.
On a sunny summer afternoon in 2000, Lansing did something no one in baseball history has done before or since, he completed the cycle in the fourth inning. He certainly had some help from his teammates in doing so, as the Rockies led 16-1 when he completed his cycle with a base hit with one out in the fourth. He got the cycle started with a triple in the first inning, driving in the first Rockies run of the game. He then hit a two-out, two-run home run to put the Rockies up 5-1 in the second and contributed to a nine-run third inning with a two-run double before finishng his cycle an inning later with a single to right.
Amazingly, the Rockies went nine years without a cycle, but that was rectified by Tulowitzki against the Cubs in 2009. Tulo was the first player to have more than four hits in a game in which he hit for the cycle, going 5-for-5 on the night. He kicked off the cycle with a two-run home run to put the Rockies on the board in the first inning and drove in two more with a single in the second. He got his double, and his fifth RBI of the game in the fifth and completed his cycle by leading off the seventh with a triple.
No, that's not a copy-paste error, like Tulo a year earlier, CarGo hit for the cycle in a game against the Cubs started by Tom Gorzelanny. However, Gonzalez's cycle was a bit more dramatic, as he finished with with a walk-off home run into the third deck at Coors Field. CarGo's cycle started innocently enough with a base hit to right in the first inning, but he got the triple out of the way early, in the third. He then proceeded to double to left-center in the fifth, leaving him a home run shy of the cycle. He had a sac fly in the seventh, but finished the cycle with the walk-off blast against Sean Marshall in the bottom of the ninth, sealing a 6-5 Rockies win,
Cuddyer's cycle was, in some ways, the post-humidor version of Bichette's cycle 16 years earler, as he had just one hit before the sixth inning. However, that hit before the sixth was a triple in the first inning, getting the hardest part of the cycle out of the way early. He then homered in the sixth to make the cycle a possibility. He got his single in the seventh and put the capper on his cycle with a double in the bottom of the eighth as the Rockies rallied for a 10-5 win.