Rangers News: Beltre Hits For The Cycle
By Ric Dickens
Aug 3, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) celebrates with Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton (right) after scoring during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
The Rangers have jumped all over the Houston Astros Monday evening, but Adrian Beltre has been on a level of his own this evening. For the third time of his career, Adrian Beltre has hit for the cycle.
In the first inning Beltre got the hardest of the four legs out of the way, hitting a triple to deep left center and scoring Rougned Odor and Prince Fielder in the process. He’s certainly not a speedster at this stage of his career, but he hit it to the deepest part of the park and was able to leg one out. In the second inning Beltre went to the left center field gap again, this time stopping at second base. In the bottom of the third Adrian stayed hot and placed a single into right field, and needing just a home run to complete the cycle. In the fifth inning he saved the best for last, blasting a home run to left and sending the crowd into a frenzy. You have to be some kind of locked in to hit for the cycle and to do it in just five innings and four at bats is very impressive. You can watch the video of his home run to complete the cycle below.
Hitting for the cycle is one of the toughest things to do in baseball and it takes a good amount of luck and skill to get it done. Many things have to go right and tonight those things sure did for Beltre. With tonights cycle Adrian Beltre joins rare company. John Reilly, Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, and now Adrian Beltre are the only ones in MLB history to have hit three cycles in their career.
The Rangers currently lead the Astros 12-9 in a slugfest going down in Arlington. Be sure to come back after the game for a recap and reaction, as well as a preview of tomorrow’s matchup! Congrats Adrian Beltre!
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