Cycle remains elusive for Marlins

CINCINNATI — The Marlins have had four no-hitters, but never experienced a player completing the cycle.

Omar Infante gave it a shot on Saturday night, as he went 3-for-5, and fell a single shy of making team history.  He had a chance in the ninth inning, but his bid fell short when he lifted a routine fly to center field.

Infante is the fourth player in franchise history to need a single for the cycle. In 2007, Dan Uggla and Josh Willingham each had a double, triple and home run, but they lacked the elusive single.

Gary Sheffield in 1994 also missed out by a single.

“He didn’t do the easy thing, he did the tough thing,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said of Infante. “It was nice, especially the way he did it, in big situations. To me, that’s what counts.”

The lone player on the Marlins with a big league cycle is Jose Reyes, who did it while with the Mets in 2006.

Asked to predict which player on his team is most likely to pick up the cycle, Guillen said: “Reyes, easily.”

Joe Frisaro

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