TORONTO -- A cycle was not on Rajai Davis' mind when he dusted himself off and stood at third base after a third-inning triple on Saturday afternoon. That changed when third-base umpire Vic Carapazza pointed out that the Indians' outfielder was on a good pace toward history."The umpire said, 'You've
TORONTO -- A cycle was not on Rajai Davis' mind when he dusted himself off and stood at third base after a third-inning triple on Saturday afternoon. That changed when third-base umpire Vic Carapazza pointed out that the Indians' outfielder was on a good pace toward history.
"The umpire said, 'You've got the hardest ones out of the way,'" Davis said after the Indians' 9-6 loss to the Blue Jays. "That's when I started thinking, 'OK, I've got a cycle going.'"
Davis hit a leadoff home run in the first inning, delivered a run-scoring triple in the third, doubled in the seventh and singled in the ninth inning. That made Davis the eighth player in Cleveland history to complete a cycle -- and the first to achieve the feat since Travis Hafner did so on Aug. 14, 2003, against the Twins.
"I have not hit for a cycle [before]," Davis said. "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."
Hafner was happy to pass the torch to Davis as the most recent Indians hitter to have a cycle.
"I'm glad someone fast has done it. I got tired of people asking me how the heck I hit a triple," Hafner said. "I'm pumped for Raj. He's playing great and is a huge part of the Indians' success this season."
The nature of Davis' cycle was also unique, as the hits came in reverse fashion.
It marks the sixth time in Major League history that a player achieved the required hits in that order.
"That was very impressive," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "When that happens, it gives you a chance to kind of brag about all the other things he's doing that maybe people don't realize. He's been such a spark for us in so many ways. Today was obviously one that people talk about, but he's been doing good things all year."
On the season, the 35-year-old Davis is hitting .275/.335/.454 with 22 steals, 25 extra-base hits, 31 RBIs and 42 runs scored through 71 games for Cleveland. His leadoff shot against Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada in the first inning gave Davis nine home runs this season, establishing a career high for a single season.
Davis said the Blue Jays fans, who watched him suit up for Toronto from 2011-13, were keeping Davis updated on where his cycle chase stood throughout the game.
"The fans are reminding me," Davis said. "'How many hits do you need? What do you need?' That's what they were saying. 'OK, Just a single? Just one bunt? That's all you need.'"
When Davis singled off Roberto Osuna in the ninth inning, the Rogers Centre crowd offered a standing ovation.
"That was awesome," Davis said. "I couldn't have asked for anything better than that."
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.