This Day In Astros History: Aug. 9, 1976

On this day, nearly four years to the day after he did it the first time, Cesar Cedeno became the only player in Astros history to hit for the cycle twice in a 13-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium II.

Cedeno did this one in a good, old fashioned nine inning game too and did most of his damage off Bob Forsch, who was the brother of another Astros pitcher we've talked about in the past (Ken Forsch). Bob also played for Houston at the end of his career, but that wasn't for another 12 years.

In the short term, Cedeno and the Astros rocked Forsch for seven runs in seven innings, with Cheo picking up a double, triple and home run off Forsch. He picked up the triple in the first inning, hitting it to right field. Cedeno scored on the play after Forsch committed an error (on what I assume was the cutoff throw). 

In the third, Cedeno ended the inning by fouling out to first base. He made up for it by homering to lead off the top of the sixth. That tied the game at 2-2, where it remained until the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, Houston loaded the bases for Cedeno, who hit a double to left field, scoring Ed Hermann, Dan Larson and Jerry DaVanon. Bob Watson's single two batters later drove in Cedeno and made the score 7-2. 

He came up for the third time in three innings in the eighth, needing just a single to complete the cycle. He picked that up off of reliever Ed Solomon, lacing it to right field and scoring Gabe Gross and DaVanon again. Of course, DaVanon's run was unearned because of an error by the right fielder.

If you're scoring at home, that means Cedeno actually drove in seven runs, but was only credited with five RBIs, because DaVanon scored on an error here and Cheo scored on an error with his triple in the first inning. Still, not a bad game for the 25-year old in the midst of his last All-Star season.

Here's the graphic replay of the game, thanks to Back to Baseball.

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