Adrian Beltre moved up another rung on the all-time home run list after recording a two-RBI home run off of the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka on Friday, the 469th such blast of his career to date.
The home run — a 365-footer that put the Rangers on the board after three scoreless innings in the Bronx — was just his seventh of the season, but added to an impressive total that now ranks higher than that of Hall of Famer Chipper Jones (468 home runs, 34th all-time). He needs just four home runs to pass up Carlos Delgado (473 homers, 32nd all-time) and another six to pass up both Stan Musial and Willie Stargell (475 homers, tied for 30th all-time).
Beltre currently holds the second-most home runs by an active player, though he’s unlikely to surpass Albert Pujols‘ 632 career homers in his lifetime. Miguel Cabrera, meanwhile, is close to catching Beltre after putting up 465 career home runs of his own, even if the biceps surgery he underwent in June means that he won’t try to eclipse Beltre’s record until 2019 at the earliest.
The Rangers currently lead the Yankees 10-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Fresh off our “Manny Machado didn’t hustle” post, here’s one about him trying a little too hard. Machado was called for interference in the bottom of the fourth inning during Monday night’s NLCS Game 3 against the Brewers at Dodger Stadium. It was actually Machado’s second attempt to interfere with Orlando Arcia during the game.
In the bottom of the second, Machado led off with a single. Cody Bellinger followed up by hitting a grounder to second baseman Travis Shaw, who fed to Arcia. Machado slid towards Arcia enough to disrupt the play, allowing Bellinger to reach first base safely. The Brewers didn’t challenge, in part because Arcia didn’t attempt a throw.
Fast forward to the bottom of the fourth. Machado again leads off and again reaches base, this time with a walk. Bellinger hits another grounder. First baseman Jesús Aguilar snags the ball and fires to Arcia covering the second base bag. Machado slides into second base and reaches out with his right hand to mess with Arcia’s throw to first base. It succeeds, as Arcia’s throw skips past first base towards the dugout. Brewers manager Craig Counsell challenged the call, alleging slide interference (the “Chase Utley rule”). The umpires reviewed the play and agreed that Machado did indeed interfere with Arcia, so Bellinger was called out. What made Machado’s effort even worse is that Bellinger would’ve reached easily regardless, so there was no need to interfere with Arcia.
The Dodgers trail the Brewers 1-0 through the first half of the game. The Brewers got their run early thanks to an RBI double by Ryan Braun off of Walker Buehler in the top of the first. Jhoulys Chacín has pitched excellently for the Brewers thus far.