Raines punctuates electric 1987 campaign by hitting for cycle
For Tim Raines, it turned out to be one of his most iconic performances of his career.
Before Aug. 16, 1987, the Expos had a steady 65-51 record, winning despite predictions to the contrary. Quickly becoming the “surprise team” of the year as described by the Wausau Daily Herald, the Expos benefited from Raines return to the lineup in May after he found few contract offers in the offseason due to what came to be ruled as collusion by the teams.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates began their series with the Expos with Rick Reuschel on the mound. The first batter in the lineup was Raines, and he sent a Reuschel pitch deep into center field. With Raines’ speed, the blast resulted in a triple.
A comeback like that only calls for one more at bat for Raines – a memorable one, too.
In the bottom of the eighth, Raines hit a homer off Pirates pitcher Mark Ross straight into right field. Going 5-for-5, Raines hits for cycle in a 10-7 victory.
By the end of the 1987 season, Raines had a .330 batting average, led the major leagues with 123 runs and finished seventh in the NL MVP race.
Raines was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2017.
Larkin Richards was the 2022 social media intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development