SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs infielder Aaron Hill was one swing away from history Tuesday night.
In his first three at-bats against the Giants, Hill had a double, single and home run, which left him just a triple away from hitting for the cycle.
Hitting for the cycle is an accomplishment in and of itself, but had Hill found a way to triple in one of his final three plate appearances, he would have become the first player in Major League history to hit three cycles in a season.
As it is, Hill's two cycles put him in a very small group. The only other player to hit two cycles in the same season since 1900 was Babe Herman, who accomplished it in 1931.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the dugout was abuzz about the possibility of Hill doing it again, but Hill does not like to focus on it.
Hill legged out an infield single, was walked intentionally and singled to left-center in his final three trips to the plate.
"Hopefully I'll get another shot at it," Hill said. "You just go up there and try to find a pitch to hit, and if it happens to be the one that completes a cycle, that's awesome, but if you get any kind of hit, it's awesome."
Eaton getting comfortable in big leagues
SAN FRANCISCO -- The text messages started rolling in to D-backs outfielder Adam Eaton's phone Tuesday when word of his promotion started trickling out, and they have not stopped yet.
"I've heard from tons of people," Eaton said. "It's very humbling."
Eaton picked up a couple of hits in his Major League debut Tuesday night, and while the ball from his first hit, off the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong, is safely tucked away, his teammates did have some fun with him. They took a different ball and wrote on it: "First Major League hit, bloop double off Ryan Volkswagon."
Eaton dove for a ball in the first inning that he did not even come close to, and by the end of the game, his teammates had a screenshot of the play printed out and on the door leading out of the clubhouse. The caption said, "I think I can, I think I can. Nope."
"It's always nice to get ragged on," Eaton said. "It's fun; I enjoy it."
Tuesday was the 151st consecutive sellout at AT&T Park, and Eaton had never played in front of that many people. On Wednesday, he figured to be more at ease out there.
"It's a little more comforting," he said. "I know what to expect a little more. All 41,000 seemed like they wanted to kill me. It was a fun experience. I think it was a baptism-by-fire type thing. I enjoyed it, it was fun and I'm looking forward to it tonight."
Kennedy having trouble with containing homers
SAN FRANCISCO -- The home runs keep piling up for D-backs right-hander Ian Kennedy.
Kennedy is tied with Joe Blanton for the most homers allowed in the National League with 27.
"Solo home runs, they're going to happen," Kennedy said. "I wish they didn't, but the two-run homer [Tuesday] night, especially after they scored one, those are the ones you try to avoid. It's not like I'm going out there trying to not give up homers because it's just going to happen."
The two-run homer was hit by Brandon Belt, and it sailed into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall.
"He did a really good job of hitting in keeping that fair, but I'm getting tired of saying that," Kennedy said. "I've said that a couple of times this year."