Clement having a solid season at Indianapolis

Hitting for the cycle. It's only happened three times in Victory Field history since the field opened in 1996. Former Indianapolis Indian outfielder Jason Conti hit for the cycle on July 10, 2003 against the Norfolk Tides. Outfielder Alex Presley hit for the cycle his third game in an Indians uniform during the game against the Toledo Mud Hens on June 27, 2010.

The most recent Indian to hit for the cycle is first baseman Jeff Clement who went 4-for-4 on June 2, scoring two runs and driving in three runs.

In the second inning, Clement led off with a double to center field. Clement again showed up in the bottom of the third. He managed a single hit with two outs on the board with a soft line-drive to center field again.

In an interview after the game, Clement said that he keeps working hard and getting better at hitting the ball into left field.

"I just feel like I'm able to sit back and stay back on my back leg more than what I have been during the past two years with micro fracture surgery," Clement said. "The knee continues to get better and I'm starting to drive the ball more now, so everything is starting to click now."

Clement gave Indianapolis a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning as his lead off hit was a solo home run that flew over the left-field, which is the opposite field for the left-handed batter.

In order to complete his cycle for the night, Clement hit a triple in the bottom of the seventh with two on and two outs. Again, Clement drove the ball into the left-center field as he dove head-first into third base to complete his cycle. The two runners on base scored to give the Indians a 7-2 lead. Clement had not hit a triple since June 22, 2010.

Clement commented on his success for the night and how he completed his cycle with a triple.

"To be honest, I wasn't even thinking about it. I knew it was deep out there, I saw the hop it [the ball] took," he said. "I probably wouldn't have gone to third, because I'm not real fast, but since it's so far out there, I decided to go for it and got to third and didn't know until the third baseman said something to me that it was for the cycle."

Just this season, Clement has hit just one triple which adds to his overall career triples totaling to 10. Clement said that he is very surprised that he's hit ten triples during his career, but that the triple that completed his cycle was a great feeling.

"It [completing his cycle] was a special moment and I'm really humbled by it," he said. "It certainly was a fun night."

Clement is hitless in his last two games, but put together a 12 game hitting streak this season for the Tribe. He is batting .301 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 50 games.

Like most players, Clement might hope to see his hard work pay off. Although he has no control over whether or not his chance to play with the Pirates will come more quickly now, he said that his only goal it to continue to work hard.

"I am thankful for the blessings to play this game on a daily basis," he said. "And if I keep playing hard, good things are going to happen."


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