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Sept. 27, 1996: Garret Anderson's six hits against Texas
Anderson set a club record with a six-hit performance against the Rangers to help the Angels to a 4-3 15-inning win. All six hits were singles, and he fell just one single short of tying the Major League record for singles in a game. Anderson's impressive showing came in his third season with the Angels and was just one of several club records he set during his 15 years with the organization. He also holds the club record for RBIs in a game (10) and is the franchise's all-time leader in hits, games played, runs scored, RBIs, grand slams and doubles.
June 18, 1986: Sutton records 300th win
Hall of Famer Don Sutton reached a historic milestone by recording his 300th career win. It was an impressive showing against the Rangers, as he threw a complete game and faced just two batters over the minimum. In his 21st season in the Majors, the 41-year-old became the 19th pitcher to reach 300 wins. He finished the regular season 15-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts, helping the Angels to the postseason that year. Sutton retired after the 1988 season with 324 wins in 23 seasons. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998.
July 2, 2006: Orlando Cabrera steals home
Orlando Cabrera pulled off a straight steal of home against the Dodgers in a 4-0 win. Right-hander Chad Billingsley didn't notice Cabrera taking off from third, and Cabrera scored without a throw. It was the first straight steal of home by an Angels player since Tony Phillips did it against the Mariners on June 28, 1997. Only three Angels players -- Gary Matthews Jr. (2009), Erick Aybar (2011) and Collin Cowgill (2013) -- have done it since.
June 11, 1995: Career save No. 450 for Smith
Hall of Famer Lee Smith became the first closer to reach the 450-save plateau with a save against the Orioles in a 5-4 win. Only two other relievers have since reached the 450-save mark in Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman -- they are also in the Hall of Fame. Smith finished his career with a then-record 478 saves in an 18-year career with eight teams. He pitched with the Angels from 1995-96, posting a 3.28 ERA with 37 saves and 49 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. He was an All-Star with the club in '95, which was the seventh and final selection of his career.
July 31, 2005: Molina brothers homer off Big Unit
It was quite a day for the Molina family, as brothers Bengie and Jose Molina both homered off future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson in an 8-7 loss in 11 innings to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. It was the first time the Molina brothers homered in the same game and the first time brothers homered in the same game since Jason and Jeremy Giambi did it with Oakland on Aug. 11, 2001. Bengie was behind the plate, while Jose played first base. The Angels scored six runs off Johnson, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead.
Aug. 25, 2004: DaVanon hits for the cycle
Jeff DaVanon came to the plate in the seventh inning knowing he needed a homer to complete the cycle. He did just that, smacking a pitch from Royals reliever Scott Sullivan over the right-field wall to become the first Angels player to hit for the cycle since Dave Winfield in 1991. He doubled in the third, tripled in the fourth and singled in the fifth. It was part of an incredible effort by the offense, as the Angels won 21-6 over Kansas City. DaVanon became the fourth player in club history to hit for the cycle at the time.
April 7, 2004: Vladimir Guerrero hits his 1st HR as an Angel
Angels owner Arte Moreno made a splash shortly after buying the club, signing Vladimir Guerrero to a five-year deal worth $70 million heading into the 2004 season. Guerrero didn't disappoint, winning AL MVP honors that year. He didn’t wait long for his first homer with the Angels, as he smacked a three-run blast in just his second game with the club. It came off Mariners right-hander Joel Pineiro in the second inning. Guerrero also doubled in that game, a 10-7 win in Seattle.
Oct. 5, 1982: Don Baylor collects 5 RBIs in ALCS Game 1 win
Don Baylor was the Angels' first-ever AL MVP in 1979 and established himself as one of the game's premier sluggers. He had many memorable postseason moments in his career, and one of the best came in Game 1 of the 1982 ALCS against the Brewers. Baylor went 2-for-3 with five RBIs to tie the ALCS record for RBIs in a game in an 8-3 victory. He also hit a grand slam in Game 4, but the Angels lost the series in five games.
April 28, 2002: David Eckstein hits walk-off grand slam
A day after hitting his first career grand slam, David Eckstein had quite the encore against the Blue Jays, smacking a walk-off grand slam to give the Angels an 8-5 win in 14 innings. Eckstein wasn't known for his power and finished his career with only 35 homers, but he also hit his third grand slam of the season on June 9, 2002. His two grand slams against the Blue Jays helped the Angels turn around the season, as they had a 9-14 record at the time but went on to win 99 games and their first and only World Series title.
Aug. 18, 2000: King Fish rockets one for No. 223
Tim Salmon, affectionately known as Mr. Angel, spent his entire 14-year career with the Halos and set numerous club records. He broke the franchise record for home runs with his 223rd career blast, coming off Yankees ace Roger Clemens in an eventual 9-8 win in extra innings. He finished his career with 299 homers and his record wasn't broken until 2020.
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