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Orlando Hudson hits for the cycle as Dodgers rout Giants 11-1

He was the first Dodger to accomplish the feat since Wes Parker(!) in 1970. From AP-

Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle, Andre Ethier drove in four runs with a pair of homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Randy Johnson and the San Francisco Giants 11-1 to win their home opener on Monday.


Hudson completed the majors’ first cycle this season with a sixth-inning triple off Brandon Medders. He slid into base ahead of a throw by right fielder Randy Winn, got up and pointed to the sky.

Hudson singled in the first, homered in the third and doubled in the fourth — all off Johnson — and became the first Dodger since Wes Parker on May 7, 1970, and the ninth in franchise history to complete the cycle.

Hudson is the first Dodger to do it at Dodger Stadium; Parker accomplished the feat at New York’s Shea Stadium.

Since the park was opened in 1962, Dodger Stadium has been one of the toughest hitter’s parks in baseball. I am not surprised by there never being a cycle hit there.

There was a few other things of note about this game.

Johnson lost at Dodger Stadium for the first time in his 22-year career, falling to 7-1 in just his second start in Los Angeles since 2004. He was denied his 296th career victory, although the 45-year-old left-hander earned his 4,800th strikeout in the third inning against James Loney.

That Johnson likes Dodger Stadium isn’t surprising. He’s definitely headed to Cooperstown six years throwing his last Major League pitch.

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