Today in Tribe History: July 2, 2016
Bob Toth | On 02, Jul 2020
Outfielder Rajai Davis has a day for the record books as he hits for the eighth cycle in Cleveland history as the Indians fall to the Toronto Blue Jays by a 9-6 final.
Davis got the hardest legs of the cycle out of the way in his first two at bats of the day. At his former park, the Rogers Centre, he led off the game with a solo home run off of Marco Estrada to give the Indians an early lead. He tacked on another run in the third when he tripled. He was retired on a grounder to short in the fifth, but he checked off the double from his hit list in the seventh inning against Drew Hutchison. Down to his final at bat in the ninth, the 35-year-old Davis singled with one out against closer Roberto Osuna to hit for the reverse cycle.
“I have not hit for a cycle [before],” Davis said in a story on MLB.com on July 2, 2016. “Not in Little League, not in Senior League, not in Babe Ruth, not in the Minors. Not until now, in The Show, the big leagues. It’s nice.”
The reverse cycle had been accomplished just six times in Major League history, with Carlos Gomez hitting the last one in 2008 while with the Minnesota Twins.
The Indians’ previous cycle occurred nearly 13 years earlier, when Travis Hafner accomplished the feat on August 14, 2003, in Minnesota against the Twins.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1970 – First baseman Tony Horton hits for the cycle and the Cleveland Indians defeat the Baltimore Orioles in a 10-9 slugfest. He doubled in the first, tripled and scored in the fourth, fouled out in the fifth, drove in two with a single in the seventh, and homered in the ninth. It was the fifth cycle in Indians history.