08/26/2004 2:52 AM ET
DaVanon cycles through Royals
Fourth player in franchise history to accomplish feat
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- On a ridiculous night of achievement for the Angels' offense, Jeff DaVanon somehow managed to stand out.
The designated hitter doubled in the third inning of Wednesday night's 21-6 win over the Kansas City Royals, tripled in the fourth, singled in the fifth and hit a solo home run in the seventh, becoming the fourth Angel to hit for the cycle, which has been done five times in club history.
DaVanon joined Jim Fregosi (July 28, 1964 and May 20, 1968), "Disco" Dan Ford (Aug. 10, 1979) and Dave Winfield (June 24, 1991) as the only Angels to accomplish the feat.
"It's a very special night," DaVanon said. "It was one of those nights for the team and great for myself. I know that it's very hard to do. It was hard not to smile."
DaVanon came up to the plate in the third against Royals starter Mike Wood and shot a two-run double down the left-field line that gave the Angels a 5-1 lead.
In the fourth, he drove a deep fly ball to left-center field that Royals left fielder Aaron Guiel dived for but missed, allowing DaVanon to cruise into third base for his second triple of the year.
In the fifth, DaVanon continued to go the other way, slapping an RBI single to left.
And in the sixth, he completed the rare cycle by blasting a 1-0 pitch from Scott Sullivan into the right-field pavilion for his seventh homer of the year.
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DaVanon didn't have a problem admitting that the cycle was on his mind.
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't know," DaVanon said. "(Teammate) Robb (Quinlan) told me, 'You have to go for it,' the last time, so I swung as hard as I could."
DaVanon said he had a cycle in A-ball but, "That doesn't really count."
This one counted so much that he saved the lineup card and the ball from the home run and promised that he would present his dad, former big leaguer Jerry DaVanon, with a commemorative gift.
DaVanon's teammates and manager were impressed with the feat of the outfielder, who turned some heads last year by putting up three consecutive two-homer games.
"He has the ability to do some special things on the field, and tonight was one of those nights," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"It's not something you see every day," added Garret Anderson, who had a homer of his own and five RBIs.
"Everybody hit the ball and one guy did something very special."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.