KIA Tigers center fielder Roger Bernadina just became the third foreigner in Korean Baseball Organization history to hit for the cycle in his teams’ 9-3 win against the KT Wiz on Thursday night at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field.
Bernadina lined a ball past KT first baseman Yoon Suk-min into the right field corner to get a difficult RBI triple out of the way in the bottom of the first inning.
He followed that with a third inning hit into left-center field as he hustled to earn a double, surprising KT’s defense as he accelerated to earn an extra base.
The same thing happened in the fifth inning as he hit his third into the same spot. He quickly got into first base and attempted to advance but he retreated to first as soon as center fielder Mel Rojas Jr. recovered out of an error.
KIA led 8-3 heading into the eighth frame and it would seem Bernadina only had one at-bat left to complete the cycle with a dinger. He accomplished it after smacking KT reliever Jo Moon geun’s fastball over the right-center wall for a solo run.
Bernadina became the 24th player in KBO history to earn the cycle while becoming the third foreigner to achieve the feat after Manny Martinez hit the first for the Samsung Lions in 2001, and Eric Thames notched the second for the NC Dinos in 2015.
It’s also the third cycle this season after Nexen’s Seo Geon-chang achieved the first on April 7, and Doosan’s Jeong Jin-ho had the second on June 7.
Bernadina is now tied for ninth place in the league’s home runs leaderboard with his 19th dinger of the season. He’s also posting a .320 / .383 / .551 stat line for the year with a 135 wRC+ (16th in the KBO) and a 3.92 WAR.