(GAME DATE — August 1, 2020) — Carlos Mendoza, right fielder for the New York Dragons, accomplished a rare feat, going 4-for-4 and hitting for the cycle tonight in front of a home crowd, as the Dragons prevailed over the visiting Pittsburgh Iron Pigs. It was his second time hitting for the cycle and he becomes the first Bull League batter to do so, having previously done it in 2009.
The 37-year-old Mendoza scored once and drove in two runs. His memorable night began with a 2nd inning double, a triple in the 4th, an RBI single in the 5th, and finally his solo homer in the 7th. All of his hits came against Robby Andrade, who was tagged with the loss
The “Mexican Menace” as he is known as, has had a solid season with the Dragons, the sixth franchise he has played for since his 2003 debut with the California Tidals. He had his sixth career grand slam back on May 16th against Arizona, and has tallied up 13 bombs so far this year, and a .256 batting average.
Among batters his age or older, Mendoza is 3rd in hitting, home runs, and steals. Only Miguel Ortega and fellow Dragons third baseman Justin Good have a better average, and Good and California Tidals catcher Dao-zi Ling are the two with more home runs.