In an explosive lineup full of “boomsticks”, Adrian Beltre is swinging the hottest one at the moment for the Texas Rangers. Wednesday night’s 12-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles provided us with enough proof of it.
In his first three at-bats batting cleanup, Beltre went deep three times, two of those in the 4th inning alone. He had a total of five RBI’s before the 5th inning. At this point, the magical four home run game was within reach, but he grounded out in his final two at-bats. Still, launching three over the fence is not a bad way to end the business day.
Beltre admitted that he was pressing for it at the end, falling just short of joining teammate Josh Hamilton in the elite club (Hamilton did it earlier this season against the Orioles). “I was trying to hit a home run. After the second at-bat, I was trying to go deep and I did,” Beltre said after the game. “After that, I was trying to go deep again, but it didn’t work.”
The latest power surge has Beltre hitting .307 with 22 homers and 73 RBI through the mid-August. Plus he continues to play Gold Glove defense at third base, which is often overlooked but very crucial as the games become bigger. Boy, is it fun to watch him play at third. It’s also a welcomed sight for Rangers Nation, because a hot hitting Beltre takes pressure off Hamilton being the main power source and quickly helps wrap up another division title and secure a playoff spot. An already dangerous offense becomes deadlier.
The Rangers have seen this before, as Beltre got hot last season in the ALDS with a three-homer game against the Tampa Bay Rays. On Wednesday night, he added his name to the short list of players who have hit a three-homer game in the regular season and the postseason.
Getting to see Beltre’s big game was something special. You just had that sense you were witnessing a moment that doesn’t happen very often, and a moment etched into Rangers history.
Many are hoping there will be more moments like that in the near future.
Written by C. James