With a first-inning single off of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs on Tuesday evening, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre notched his 3,061st career hit, passing Craig Biggio for sole possession of 23rd place on baseball’s all-time hits leaderboard.
Unfortunately for Beltre, he would be stranded on base that inning and the Rangers went on to lose to the Angels 11-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4 on the evening. The 39-year-old is now hitting .304/.347/.413 in 49 plate appearances on the season.
Beltre is now behind the still-active Ichiro Suzuki (3,085 hits) on baseball’s all-time hits leaderboard. Dave Winfield (3,110) is in 21st place and Alex Rodriguez (3,115) is in 20th. Beltre should be able to pass all three with a full, healthy season.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.