Nolan Arenado has a flair for the dramatic.
Down 7-5 in the bottom of the 9th against the San Francisco Giants, the Colorado Rockies infielder had a lot on the line Sunday when he stepped to the dish: a homer to complete the cycle, and another mark in the win column.
Lo and behold, Arenado pulled a three-run shot to left on the first pitch he saw to complete both.
#Walkoff HR……TO COMPLETE THE CYCLE?
Have a day, Nolan Arenado. pic.twitter.com/5roQtSOa6C
— Stadium (@WatchStadium) June 18, 2017
The third baseman crossed off the hardest part of the cycle in his first at-bat when he ripped a two-out triple. He led off the top of the 4th with a single, and cracked an RBI double in the sixth inning to give the Rockies their first run of the game. Arenado finished the day 4-for-5 with four RBIs in what began as a relatively boring game with both teams scoreless through the first four frames.
It had to feel good for Arenado — and the Rockies in general — to achieve that feat at Coors Field. Heading into Sunday, two of the three cycles to be completed this season have been at Coors, but to a pair of road teams. San Diego’s Wil Myers did it on April 10, and Washington’s Trea Turner came into Denver 15 days later to account for 7 RBIs alongside his cycle.
Those were extra-base hits Nos. 42, 43 and 44 for Arenado, who bumped his average up to .299 on the year. That win also helped the Rockies stay atop the NL West with the Diamondbacks, who won in extras on Sunday, trailing closely behind.