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Friday, August 24, 2012

Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle

As if the cyclists didn’t get enough hits today…

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre singled on the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning of Friday’s game against Minnesota to complete the second cycle of his career.

In the first inning, Beltre hit his first triple of the season and then doubled in the third. He led off the fifth inning with his 24th home run of the season to give the Rangers a 7-0 lead.

Beltre’s first cycle was on Sept. 1, 2008, when he was a member of the Mariners. On that night, he had three hits against the Rangers’ Matt Harrison at Rangers Ballpark. Harrison also started Friday night’s game for the Rangers and had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings.

Beltre is 4 for 4 with three RBI and has homered in three straight games. He hit three homers on Wednesday against Baltimore.

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM (#4217473)
This is nothing but the baseball gods giving a huge "nanner-nanner" to the Red Sox.
   2. Spivey Posted: August 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM (#4217490)
Adrian Beltre is going to make the HOF and go in wearing a Rangers cap.
   3. aberg Posted: August 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM (#4217498)
He probably should make the hall if we trust his defensive numbers and he ages gracefully. The cap really is a great question.
   4. PerroX Posted: August 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM (#4217504)
It seems like a decade ago that he was on the cover of Baseball Prospectus.
   5. The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM (#4217506)
The cap really is a great question.
None, and the plaque should be programmed that if you touch his head, he flips out.
   6. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 25, 2012 at 12:52 AM (#4217602)
He's gone an absolute tear the last week or so:
35pa, .485/.514/1.212, 10xbh 2/1 BB/K

He's just murdering the ball every time goes up to the plate now.
I wonder if that's the shortest time period between a batter hitting 3HR in a game and hitting for the cycle.

   7. God Posted: August 25, 2012 at 02:16 AM (#4217642)
Gotta be Dodgers, right? He played the most games for them and also had his best year with them. By a mile in both cases.
   8. The Good Face Posted: August 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM (#4217752)
Gotta be Dodgers, right? He played the most games for them and also had his best year with them. By a mile in both cases.

Well, he's under contract with Texas for 3 more years (plus an option year), has had some postseason heroics for them and will probably have the chance for more in the future, and says he loves playing there. Assuming he makes the HOF and requests a Rangers cap, he'll have a reasonable case.

I really hope he makes it, dude is just made out of awesome.
   9. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: August 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM (#4217850)
Beltre crushes breaking balls. I guess after years of being fed sliders and curves as a raw, developing talent, he has dedicated this half of his career to payback.
   10. Sonny Gray's Got a Yakker for Your Culo Posted: August 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM (#4217907)
I think his traditional HOF case rests on reaching 3,000 hits. Hopefully, his bat remains good enough to play for the next 5-6 years.

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