Originally written August 10, 2012 on Mets360.com:
Thursday did not figure to be a particularly good day for Andres Torres. He came into the game with a .183/.287/.239 line in 165 PA against RHP and the Marlins were throwing Josh Johnson. In his last three games, Johnson had allowed just eight hits in 19.2 innings for a .119 batting average against. But Torres came up big, going 3-for-3 with a double, triple, home run and a walk. It was just the seventh time in franchise history that a Mets player missed the cycle by not hitting a single. Joe Christopher became the first player ever to turn the feat, with a four-hit game with two triples against the Pirates in 1964. Ron Swoboda went 3-for-4 in the second game of a double header against the Pirates three years later. It was 20 years before another Mets player did it again, when Darryl Strawberry went 4-for-5 with a walk and two doubles in a 23-10 win over the Cubs. Gregg Jefferies then went out and did this three times in a two-year period, twice in 1988 and once more in 1999, ...
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