As previously announced, the Rangers will move forward with plans to retire Adrián Beltré’s uniform number during their series against the Athletics this weekend. It’s a fitting tribute to the longtime third baseman, who officially entered retirement following a successful and final campaign with the club in 2018.
Per MLB.com’s TR Sullivan, the retirement ceremony will take place just before the second leg of a scheduled doubleheader at 9:05 PM EDT. Commemorative bobbleheads depicting Beltré’s 3,000th career hit will be given away prior to the game, while a long list of notable Rangers players and Beltré’s former teammates — Steve Foucault, Julio Borbón, Michael Young, David Murphy, and Prince Fielder included — are expected to make appearances during the ceremony itself.
Beltré, 40, rounded out a decorated 21-season career in the majors last year, over which he carried a lifetime .286/.339/.480 batting line with 477 home runs, an .819 OPS, and 84.4 fWAR for the Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox, and Rangers. He also earned four All-Star nominations, five Gold Glove awards, and four Silver Slugger designations in that span.
His no. 29 uniform number is the fifth to be retired by the Rangers after no. 7 (Pudge Rodríguez in 2017), 26 (Johnny Oates in 2005), 42 (Jackie Robinson in 1997), and 34 (Nolan Ryan in 1996).
The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.
Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.
The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.
Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.