Adrian Beltre wasted little time Monday notching a career feat last accomplished during the Great Depression. The Rangers third baseman hit for the third cycle of his career, becoming just the fourth major leaguer ever to do it that many times, and the first since Babe Herman in 1933.
The other players to get a single, double, triple and home run in one MLB game on three occasions were Bob Meusel (1921, 1922 and 1928) and John Reilly (twice in 1883 and 1890), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Beltre’s work, performed against the Astros, was completed by the fifth inning, when he hit one out of the ballpark.
According to ESPN, Beltre is the first to accumulate a cycle in five innings or fewer since Melvin Upton Jr. in 2009. The Rangers jumped on the Astros, taking a 6-2 lead in the first, then 11-3 by the fourth, before hanging on for a 12-9 victory.
All of Beltre’s cycles have come in the Rangers’ ballpark, the first while he was a member of the Mariners in 2008. The 36-year-old Dominican joined Texas in 2011 and hit for his second cycle in 2012.
There must be something in the air in Arlington, Tex. The stadium there is well-known as a hitter-friendly facility. Though it is hardly alone in that distinction, the Rangers have twice as many cycles (six) since 2009 as any other MLB team; Texas now has nine in its history.
Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo hit for the cycle in June, although that one came in Colorado (home to the most hitter-friendly park of the lot). The last team with two cycles in the same season was the 2012 Diamondbacks.