Carlos Gonzalez: The 5 Biggest Hits of His Colorado Career
July 31, 2010 against the Chicago Cubs
It’s always fun when you can hit a game-winning homer. It’s simply spectacular if you can hit that game-winning homer to complete the cycle. That’s exactly what Carlos Gonzalez did to end an amazing July in front of a sellout crowd at Coors Field.
CarGo had singled, tripled and doubled earlier in the night in his first three at-bats. Needing a homer to complete the cycle, Gonzalez got exactly that, blasting a fastball from Chicago reliever Sean Marshall an estimated 462 feet into the third deck of Coors Field to give the Rockies the win.
“Big-time players show up in big-time moments,” said Colorado reliever Huston Street, who earned the win with CarGo’s blast. “To hit a walk-off home run and seal the deal on your cycle — cycles don’t happen. They don’t happen in baseball. … He’s just that good, and he’s an exciting player.”
The cycle was the sixth in Rockies history and first since Troy Tulowitzki did it on August 10, 2009. It was the first time a Major Leaguer clinched a cycle with a walk-off homer since Dwight Evans did it for the Boston Red Sox on June 28, 1984.
Gonzalez hit for the cycle after going through a lot of talk circulating that he might be traded to another team. Doesn’t it seem like CarGo always has to deal with that in July?