Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle tonight against the Astros. And he needed just five innings to do it.
Beltre had a two-run triple in the first inning before reaching on a double in the second and a single in the third. That put him just a home run away. The veteran slugger remedied that in his very next at-bat, taking Mike Fiers deep for a solo shot. Check it out below:
This was the third cycle of Beltre’s career, which puts him in some crazy company.
According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Beltre is the first player to complete a cycle by the fifth inning since B.J. Upton in 2009.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Madison Bumgarner got mad at a player for tossing his bat in frustration. Delino DeShields popped out to second base to end the fourth inning. He was upset at himself, so he tossed his bat with some oomph. This didn’t sit well with Bumgarner, who jawed at DeShields, causing the benches to empty. He got into a shouting match with Adrian Beltre amid the altercation.
Among the players Bumgarner has taken issue with for reacting in any way at all to something that happened on the field:
- Jesus Guzman, May 2013: Bumgarner didn’t like Guzman’s smug celebration after hitting a home run in a game he didn’t start, so he intentionally threw at Guzman the next day. [Sports Illustrated]
- Yasiel Puig, May 2014: Bumgarner didn’t like Puig’s bat flip after he hit a home run, so he yelled at the outfielder. [San Francisco Chronicle]
- Puig again, September 2014: Bumgarner hit Puig with a pitch and he didn’t like how Puig reacted to that, so he needlessly escalated a confrontation. [HardballTalk]
- Alex Guerrero, April 2015: Bumgarner didn’t like Alex Guerrero expressing dissatisfaction after popping up a pitch, so he shouted, “You’re not that good” at him. [ESPN]
- Carlos Gomez, May 2015: Bumgarner didn’t like that Gomez shouted in frustration after fouling off a pitch he thought he should have hit better, so the lefty tossed his next pitch way inside, nearly hitting Gomez. [San Francisco Chronicle]
- Delino DeShields, July, 2015: This what one might describe as a “trend”.
Perhaps manager Bruce Bochy should have a talk with the lefty.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has struggled since returning from the disabled list a month ago and he admitted to reporters today that his left thumb injury isn’t getting better.
Beltre suffered a sprained left thumb on a slide into second base on May 31. The 36-year-old made a surprise return three weeks later on June 23 without going on a minor league rehab assignment. Clearly the injury has hampered his production, as he’s batting .250 with one home run and a .618 OPS over 21 games since returning to action. That’s not the Beltre we’re used to seeing.
The Rangers currently sit at 43-48 on the year and aren’t looking like contenders, so it will be interesting to see if Beltre eventually decides to shut things down and turn his focus to 2016. However, he’ll try to make the best of the situation for now.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Adrian Beltre’s house was broken into last week. Among the things taken: his 2011 AL championship ring and tickets to a suite at Globe Life Park.
The theft of the tickets mildly amused Beltre, who said “I’d like to see them show up there.” By the same token, I’d like to see someone try to fence an AL championship ring that is quite obviously Adrian Beltre’s. But whoever said crooks were smart? Stick to taking TVs and stuff, you guys. They’re way lighter than they used to be.