Hideki Matsui Falls Triple, Home Run, Double, Single Short Of Cycle

Oakland A’s designated hitter Hideki Matsui just missed an opportunity for an impressive personal achievement on Wednesday when he fell short of hitting for the cycle by failing to notch a triple, a home run, a double and a single.

“It’s so rare to have a guy hit for the cycle, you can’t be mad at Hideki for coming so close,” said Oakland general manager Billy Beane of Matsui’s near historic 0-for-4 performance. “He would have had a home run if the fence were about fifty-feet closer, and if the ball had gotten away from the right fielder on that short pop-up he probably could have legged out a triple. It’s just nice to see him be able to put a ball in play once in a while.”

Matsui, currently batting .215 on the season, “just missed” getting a single and double in the 3rd and 7th innings respectively, when he struck out and grounded to first on pitches that were “totally hittable.”

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