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Winn tallies cycle vs. Reds

Winn tallies cycle vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- Randy Winn said after Monday's game that a triple merely crossed his mind and that he never seriously thought he'd have a shot at one.

But the smile on his face said otherwise. And after he poked a ball into the right-center gap at Great American Ball Park, it was clear that a triple was the only thing on his mind.

Winn's triple in the sixth inning of Monday's game against the Reds completed just the eighth cycle accomplished in a San Francisco Giants uniform. Winn became the first Giants player to collect all four legs since Jeff Kent back in May 1999.

"I knew I needed the triple, but a triple's very hard to come by," Winn said. "You need to hit it in the right spot, and I think that's what happened. I was able to hit it perfectly between [Ken] Griffey [Jr.] and [Austin] Kearns out there, and I got a friendly kick off the wall, and I was able to stretch it into three."

Winn's three-base hit came after he'd already collected the other three legs of the cycle. In the first inning, Winn singled off right-hander Aaron Harang. Two innings later, Winn homered, and he then doubled in the fourth, again off Harang.

That set Winn up for something that had been done just 23 times in Giants franchise history. In the sixth, off Randy Keisler, Winn stretched a nicely placed hit into a triple, completing the feat.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," Winn said. "I've never done it before, even going back to T-ball, Little League, high school or college. So it is special. It's very tough to do, and I think after it sinks in, it'll hit me a little bit."

If it hadn't hit Winn, it definitely hit his manager.

Felipe Alou was more than impressed with the way Winn has played since joining the club on June 30. And he showed it by cracking one joke after another about his center fielder.

"So far, he looks pretty good," Alou said. "I gave him the day off yesterday because he's played every game since he got here. I guess he responds pretty well to off-days. I'll give him the day off tomorrow."

There's probably no chance of that happening. But one reason why Winn has looked so good since coming over from Seattle is because of the team that surrounds him, he said.

"The guys here have done a great job of making me feel welcome, making me feel part of the team," Winn said. "So it was an easy transition coming over here. I just wanted to get off to a good start and show everyone what I can do. Hitting at the top of the lineup, my job's to get on base. And that's what I've been trying to do."

And that's exactly what he did Monday night.

Riding the cycle in 2005
Player Team Date
Randy Winn Giants Aug. 15
Mark Grudzielanek Cardinals April 27
Brad Wilkerson Nationals April 6

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But Winn also showed something more than what fans are accustomed to seeing from the 31-year-old.

As much as Winn said the triple was difficult, the switch-hitter isn't exactly known as a home run hitter.

Winn has just 58 career home runs -- nine this season -- to 41 triples. And though he benefited from the small confines of Great American Ball Park, his solo homer in the third, which scored the team's first run of the game, might have been his most impressive hit of the night.

"I don't hit a whole lot of home runs," Winn said. "I've been fairly consistent over the last few years, but I'm not going to kill you with a bunch of long balls. That's not my game. I don't worry about hitting home runs, I'm not a home run hitter. I'll take them when they come, but my job's to get on base."

Job completed. Well, almost.

Alou didn't let Winn off that easily. In his final at-bat, Winn struck out, giving his manager yet more fuel to tease his newest player.

"He even struck out," Alou said with a smile. "I don't think anyone's ever hit for the cycle and then struck out."

Winn's pretty sure no one really cares.

Kyle Jepson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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