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Jose Altuve's helmet betrays him in attempt to complete the cycle

Jose Altuve took a bit of spill rounding second on Saturday.

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Altuve was having a special game on Saturday. Altuve smacked a double off the center-field wall in the first inning for a double. He blew open the game in the second inning with a three-run home run and picked up a single in the fourth inning.

Altuve came to bat in the sixth inning needed a triple to complete the cycle. Which for most players is a useless factoid because a player with enough pop to have a double and home run in a game, don't have the speed to pick up the triple. Altuve isn't one of those players.

Altuve ripped 0-2 slider from Chien-Ming Wang into the left-center field gap and bolted out of the box clearly gunning for the triple. It was all going well to set up a close play at third when disaster struck.

Altuve rounded second and his helmet came off. The helmet fell perfectly on the back of Altuve's ankle, knocking him off balance or distracting him for a second. Either way, the result was Altuve stumbling and falling with a smile on his face at second.

It's easy to laugh off missing a chance at ultimately meaningless cycle when your team is winning big and you have to settle a three extra base hit day.