Probably one of the more unlikely players to do so, the Indians’ Travis Hafner hits for a cycle in Minneapolis as Cleveland defeats the Minnesota Twins, 8-3.
Hafner, playing designated hitter and batting sixth in the Indians lineup at the Metrodome, started his day with a solo homer off of the Twins’ Brad Radke in the second inning. Batting again with two outs in the fourth, he doubled to center off of Radke. In the seventh, he hit a ground ball that did not leave the infield initially, but he was able to advance to second on his single on a throwing error from the Twins’ starter, who would last just three more batters.
In what could have been his final at bat and still in need of a triple, Hafner got exactly that against reliever James Baldwin. With a runner on first and one out, he sent a liner to center that went to the wall, allowing Ben Broussard to score the team’s seventh run and Hafner to reach third safely. Hafner would score the final run one batter later and would bat again in the ninth, but would line out to end the inning.
It was the Indians’ first cycle since Andre Thornton completed the feat on April 22, 1978. The eighth inning triple was just the second of Hafner’s career and one of just 13 that he would have in his 12-year career.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1930 – Wes Ferrell wins his 20th game of the season as the Indians rout the Philadelphia Athletics, 15-0.
1940 – Al Smith lobs a one-hit shutout as the Indians defeat the Chicago White Sox, 4-0. He allowed just a single in the third inning to Skeeter Webb and a walk to Taffy Wright in the fifth. The first place Indians improve to 67-44.
1950 – Al Rosen ties the game with a two-out homer in the ninth inning and the Indians walk off with the win in the tenth on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by Dale Mitchell as the Tribe tames the Tigers, 3-2, in front of 60,120 on a Monday in Cleveland. Both starters (Cleveland’s Early Wynn and Detroit’s Hal Newhouser) go the distance.
1958 – Vic Power steals home twice in a 10-9 Cleveland win over Detroit. He had just one stolen base all season. His steal of home with Rocky Colavito at the plate in the tenth inning ended the ball game.
1977 – Cleveland tags Milwaukee’s Bill Travers for 14 runs on 18 hits in a 14-5 win. A pitcher will not allow 14 runs or more in a game for 21 years.