Rajai Davis Hits for Cycle vs. Blue Jays: Stats, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2016

Cleveland Indians' Rajai Davis celebrates after he hit a home run against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis hit for his first career cycle Saturday in a 9-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

One day after the Tribe and Jays played a 19-inning affair, Davis had the game of his life, which he capped off by hitting a single off Toronto closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth inning.

Davis finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI in addition to his round-tripper.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Davis broke a long cycle drought for the Indians:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Rajai Davis: first @Indians player to hit for the cycle since Travis Hafner (Aug. 14, 2003, vs Twins)

The Indians provided the following breakdown of Davis' place in team history after he completed one of baseball's rarest accomplishments:

Cleveland Indians @Indians

.@rajai11davis is just the 8th CLE player in history to hit for cycle First since Haf in 2003 First ever to go HR/3B/2B/1B

Davis' cycle was of the reverse variety, as he hit a home run, triple, double and single in that order.

According to James Smyth of YES Network, the reverse cycle has happened just six times in MLB history:

James Smyth @JamesSmyth621

MLB Reverse Cycles (HR, 3B, 2B, 1B) Bid McPhee 1887 Gee Walker 1937 Jim Fregosi 1968 Luke Scott 2006 Carlos Gomez 2008 Rajai Davis 2016

He led off the game with a homer off Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada in the first inning, as seen in this video from SportsTime Ohio:

SportsTime Ohio @SportsTimeOhio

A Rajai Rocket! @rajai11davis​ starts things off on the right foot for @Indians​ in Toronto with a laser to left. https://t.co/vtCGam2FXS

The triple came in the third by virtue of a questionable dive in right field by Ezequiel Carrera. Davis added a double in the seventh and a single in the ninth to complete the feat.

Davis' cycle is the second in Major League Baseball this season. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman previously turned the trick in June.

Saturday's game may have been bittersweet for Davis, as it snapped Cleveland's 14-game winning streak.

At the same time, the 35-year-old veteran hit for the cycle against the team he played for from 2011 to 2013.

His performance was a continuation of what has been one of Davis' best MLB seasons to date. After this game, he checks in with a .275 batting average, nine home runs, 31 RBI and 22 stolen bases.

Davis is making a strong case for a potential All-Star berth, and hitting for the cycle will be near the top of his resume when it comes time for the managers to make their selections.

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