Tim Raines goes 5-for-5, hits for the cycle
On Aug. 16, 1987, the Montreal Expos were trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 when Tim Raines stepped to the plate in the seventh inning. With three hits already – a single, double and a triple on the day – Raines was looking to keep the hot streak going.
And he did just that.
Raines led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double, igniting a late inning comeback for the Expos.
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He then scored from second on a single by Mitch Webster. Herm Winningham drew a walk, and scored on an error that allowed Andres Galarraga to reach base. That brought Tom Foley to the plate with two runners on base. Foley sent a ball into the outfield seats to give the Expos the lead 9-7.
The Expos were out in front, but Raines wasn’t done yet.
In the eighth inning he came to the plate with four hits, just a home run shy of the cycle. Raines blasted a ball into the outfield stands, completing the cycle with his 16th home run of the season. He became just the third Expos player to record a cycle.
“I wasn’t even thinking about the cycle when I came up in the eighth,” Raines said after the game. “I just wanted to hit the ball hard.”
It was just the third time a big league player hit for the cycle in 1987. Raines followed longtime friend Andre Dawson of the Cubs and Candy Maldonado of the San Francisco Giants when he accomplished the feat.
Raines was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in 2017.
Cady Lowery was the 2017 public relations intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum